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It’s a weird time to be a lover of french fries in Tokyo. On one hand, a string of fancy-pants stores are charging ¥600 for a handful of deep-fried spuds. On the other, you may find a tooth in an order at McDonald’s. Lawson convenience stores offer an elegant solution — the “premium fried potato” (made from European potatoes, claims the box) comes in at a reasonable ¥160. They lack any sort of satisfying crunch, but the wedged shape doesn’t usually allow for that. These are the best fried potatoes Lawson has offered up in years, though. Office workers with no time to cook are bound to approve.

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