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  • George: From calorie count to portion sizes,

  • we wanted to find out all the differences

  • between 7-Eleven in Japan and the US.

  • This is "Food Wars."

  • In Japan, our coffees come in regular --

  • Joe: In small, medium,

  • large, George: And large.

  • and extra large.

  • If you're getting coffee,

  • why not grab a chocolate doughnut?

  • Our 7-Eleven drinks come in sizes of 200 milliliters,

  • 450 milliliters,

  • and 1 liter,

  • and 1.5 liters.

  • I'm sorry, I couldn't get it.

  • [laughing maniacally]

  • In the US, we have Big Gulps,

  • self-service fountain drink for sodas,

  • and they come in these four sizes:

  • medium, large, extra large,

  • double extra large. [air horn rings]

  • So, I want to see how much the biggest-size cup

  • I could get at the 7-Eleven is.

  • And to do that, I will need, hang on ...

  • It's just past 40.

  • It's exactly 48 ounces.

  • That's hardly double extra.

  • I'll round it up, 'cause of this section here.

  • I'll round it up to 50.

  • 7-Eleven also at one point offered a size

  • that was even bigger, called the Team Gulp,

  • which, again, according to them,

  • was 128 fluid ounces

  • for your team,

  • 'cause who doesn't like to, after a softball game,

  • go to 7-Eleven, get a Team Gulp and 10 straws?

  • You know, just kick it with the boys, right?

  • Come on, team.

  • Yeah, right. That's for one person, don't be ridiculous.

  • Here are many, many, many 7-Eleven items

  • you can get in the US you can't get in Japan.

  • And here are many of the 7-Eleven items

  • exclusive to Japan.

  • Japan puts the "convenience" in the convenience store.

  • We call it konbini,

  • which is the abbreviation of the convenience store,

  • and it makes our life a lot easier.

  • For example, office workers rely on stores like 7-Eleven

  • for food and drink to keep them happy

  • so that they can be productive at work.

  • And for students, they tend to buy juices and snacks

  • and hot foods, instant noodles, you know.

  • And when I was a kid, I would often eat

  • hot foods and instant noodles

  • with my friends and with my ex-girlfriends.

  • 7-Eleven memories.

  • And for families, there is pretty much

  • every daily essential they may need.

  • And also you can pay your bills,

  • get ticket reservations for music and sports,

  • 7-Eleven even has its own bank and ATMs.

  • No matter where you go, especially in big cities like Tokyo,

  • you can find more than one konbini on every block.

  • Yeah, it's a bit different here in the US.

  • I do frequent 7-Eleven, and it's not bad,

  • but the vibe is more kind of like

  • get the thing you need and go.

  • The food is usually pretty hit or miss,

  • usually miss in my experience.

  • The hot food looks like it's been sitting out for a while,

  • so I usually don't get it.

  • Since there are way too many items exclusive to Japan

  • for us to buy for one episode,

  • so I've curated some of my favorites for you guys.

  • This is still a ton of food.

  • So, here we have Japanese onigiris.

  • This one is plum,

  • tuna mayonnaise,

  • shrimp and mayonnaise,

  • mentaiko, which is spicy cod roe.

  • I picked these onigiris from the back,

  • because onigiri in the back are fresh of all time.

  • And let me show you how to open this one.

  • Just pull this over till here ...

  • Like this, so that you can have

  • the dried seaweed.

  • Itadakimasu.

  • Mm, a little bit sweet, a little bit of sour.

  • So, here is our sushi.

  • Look at this huge salmon sushi.

  • Ah!

  • Gorgeous. Gorgeous sushi.

  • Itadakimasu.

  • Oh, my God, this is so delicious.

  • Mm.

  • Osushi!

  • We've got this long natto roll.

  • Personally, I love natto.

  • But even Japanese people,

  • 50% of them like it, 50% of them don't like it.

  • This is an acquired taste.

  • So, after this sticky and smelly natto roll,

  • I've got sushi roll special package.

  • So when it comes to this one, it's called oinarisan.

  • It has rice inside,

  • and the skin is a sweet tofu skin.

  • Mm!

  • I'll admit, oinarisan umai wa.

  • This is so good.

  • So, my grandma always cooked this for me.

  • And this makes me happy all the time.

  • And next to oinarisan, this gorgeous sushi roll,

  • it's like Japanese version of California roll.

  • Itadakimasu.

  • Wah!

  • 1,000% better than California roll.

  • Kanpyo maki.

  • In English it's, like, dried-gourd roll.

  • Itadakimasu.

  • Perfect sushi roll.

  • And last one, we have pickles, radish pickles.

  • It's quite yellow.

  • It definitely has yellow No. 5.

  • Itadakimasu.

  • I'm gonna give them Grammy award.

  • And standing ovation.

  • Ah, the hot food at a 7-Eleven in the US.

  • We got a lot of options, not as many as Japan.

  • I'm not quite sure what some of this stuff is

  • just by looking at it, so let me go down the list.

  • Nachos. They're the self-service nachos,

  • so they have the chips ready to go,

  • and then you just open them up

  • and add cheese and chili onto them.

  • Ugh. No, thank you.

  • Over here, these mini tacos.

  • Man, these look really, like ...

  • I bit my face.

  • Oh, man. They've been sitting for a while,

  • so I'll forgive them.

  • We also have wings, crispy and not so crispy.

  • Pocket bean burrito guy. Look at that.

  • Over here in the roller-taquito section,

  • you can get a barbecue bacon cheeseburger roller,

  • spicy garlic roller,

  • regular taquito,

  • Korean barbecue taquito.

  • Also, we have chicken sandwiches,

  • a black bean burger,

  • glazed cheesy barbecue meatballs.

  • Also at our 7-Elevens, you can get a pepperoni pizza,

  • cheese, or seven-meat.

  • And also for hot dogs, we got an exclusive hot picante dog.

  • No.

  • So, here are our hot food sections.

  • We've got steamed buns.

  • It's got pork and bamboo shoots.

  • And this is really standard nikuman.

  • So, next size up, we have the doubled nikuman.

  • And next one, this little guy.

  • What is this?

  • Sweet beans steamed bun.

  • And last steamed bun is pizza bun.

  • You really are the pizza!

  • Delicious.

  • So, all these things, like,

  • around 100 yen to 200 yen or so.

  • So if you're broke, you should definitely try this.

  • We've got these ones.

  • This one is called curry pan.

  • So deep-fried curry bread.

  • I wanna eat it. I wanna eat this!

  • I wanna eat this right now!

  • Itadakimasu!

  • Holy moly.

  • Um, it's freaking delicious.

  • And next one, croquette.

  • So it's basically got potato and pork mince.