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7-Eleven’s delicious egg roll sandwiches deliver the most value for your yen

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By Ben K, grape Japan

As some grape Japan readers may recall, we recently considered what makes Japanese convenience store egg sandwiches so exceptional using the example of FamilyMart's recently updated version.

We came to the conclusion that it's all about simple and high-quality ingredients, high-quality eggs, mayonnaise, and simple seasonings, done very well, and perfectly balanced, with the airy and lightly sweet shokupan milk bread also playing a supporting role.

However, there's one more aspect of a good sandwich we failed to mention, and that's the price-performance ratio.

I've tried quite a few egg sandwiches from different Japanese convenience store chains, and in my opinion, you can't beat 7-Eleven's egg roll sandwiches in this category. Not only is the quality of the egg salad filling the soft, lightly sweet roll delicious and satisfying but when you consider how much sandwich you get for only 140 yen, tax included, it delivers the most value for your yen of any egg salad sandwich I've tried.

In terms of appearance, this sandwich uses a coppe-pan style bread bun, which is the second-most type of bread used in sandwiches. They look like hot dog buns but maybe a bit rounder and perhaps slightly shorter.

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When you take it out of the plastic packaging and hold it in your hand, you'll notice it's no lightweight. Although the specific weight isn't indicated on the label, it's heavy enough to inspire confidence as to how well it will satisfy your appetite. You can tell just by looking at it that the egg salad is smooth and creamy with a rich yellow color (no artificial colors) that tells you only good quality eggs have been used.

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When you cut it in half, you'll see how much filling is inside and you'll also notice it has a good mix of chopped egg whites to egg yolk.

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Review

The egg salad filling is truly delicious. To begin with, the taste of egg yolks really comes across. The salad has a satisfying blend of creaminess and tanginess with just a hint of sweetness. I appreciated the fact that it's not too salty the way some egg salad sandwiches can be. Moreover, you can taste chopped egg whites blended in with the smooth egg yolk salad for a texture that maintains your interest.

The coppe pan bun is chewy and mildly sweet, not as soft and airy as shokupan but satisfying and filling.

One of these sandwiches can be a light meal or a satisfying snack if you have a big appetite.

If you want to use your money wisely when you're in Japan, look for them at 7-Eleven stores.

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"Although the specific weight isn't indicated on the label, it's heavy enough [...]"

That's always bugged me about Japan, products don't always have the weight or capacity visible on the products. It was regulation in the UK that packaging has to show a weight in grams or a capacity in ml in a prominent location on the labels. Why is this not a law here?

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One of these sandwiches can be a light meal or a satisfying snack if you have a big appetite.

The egg filliing tastes pretty good in these but they certainly won,t fill you up as a snack if you have a " big appetite". I find them quite small & high in calories ,but hey once a while is OK ;-)

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Oeuf! The eggcruciating debate of quantity vs quality will continue here today. Seems FamilyMart just had their crack at it on May 6 (¥212 eggscluding tax)

For a side-by-comparison of “value” for the price: https://japantoday.com/category/features/food/We-try-new-improved-egg-salad-sandwiches-at-FamilyMart

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MatToday  07:45 am JST

"Although the specific weight isn't indicated on the label, it's heavy enough [...]"

That's always bugged me about Japan, products don't always have the weight or capacity visible on the products. It was regulation in the UK that packaging has to show a weight in grams or a capacity in ml in a prominent location on the labels. Why is this not a law here?

I personally think the horizontally challenged people in the UK might do better reading the calorie section on food. Cause the weight sure is piling on in the UK. I don't think we need the weight, we might want to think about the quality of the ingredients. EG fats, Sugars, and other junk. lighter weight but healthier ingredients is probably a better way to live a healthy life. One things for sure, Japan must be doing something right.

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No, thank you! I can make a much better egg sandwich and fresh as well.

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Much ado about nothing.

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Totally agreed. This is a very fine sandwich at a ridiculous price. Thanks to Tony Bourdaine, the world now knows about konbini egg sandwiches and often imitates them - at 5 times the cost! RIP Tony.

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I always wonder how this sandwich is considered Japanese... It's not like the Japanese invented egg-mayo, bread or sandwiches... The disgusting bread full of oil maybe...

The reason why the weight or volume is written on package is to know what you are buying and also to compare with other similar products. I worked for a coffee can manufacturer in Japan and when I asked why it was written so small and often the mass and not the volume when it is a drink, I was told that it is not important!

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