Posted March 31st, 2010 in Eat out in Japan, Japan | No Comments »
I do eat rice too, of course, but, I’ve been hunting on bakeries here. I love bread ( well, I love any food :p ) especially Japanese bread ♪
A photo from a cafe. Going to a cafe with dad for breakfast on weekend is my routine
Normally Japanese bread loaves are sold thickly cut. I love thick cut toast. And, Japanese bread sold at supermarkets are somehow much tastier than those here… (to me) There are many kinds, such as “chewy”, “double aged dough” etc I love the chewy one (もっちり)
Here is my another favorite bread “melon-pan”. You can buy it at most bakeries, supermarkets, convenience stores and other shops that sell bread in Japan. You can guess how popular this bread is.
Melon-pan contains two different dough – the base is normal bread dough (sweetened) and the top is cookie dough. It’s sweet bread and it tastes different depending on the bakery/brand. Personally I like the cookie-part to be very crusty. Some of them are pretty soft.
The reason why it’s called “melon-pan” is that the bread has patterns and it looks similar to a melon. There is a character in Japanese cartoon called “melon-pan-na chan” too .
Posted March 30th, 2010 in Eat out in Japan | 2 Comments »
Beard Papa has been franchising in foreign countries (it may be in your home country too) for a while. There used to be one Beard Papa’s shop in Centro Galleria in Perth few years ago, but it closed its door. Shame!
Being famous with the Yellow Signage and Papa’s face, Beard Papa is now known as the bakery of the “World’s Best Cream Puffs”.
Each day we bake choux pastry shells that are made up of two special layers. The inner layer is a choux pastry shell and the outer layer is a pie crust. This unique structure creates a light, crunchy shell. They use handpicked vanilla beans from Madagascar, and their whipped custard cream takes 2 hours to prepare.
Once you are around the shop you can already smell the sweet custard
This is one of my favorite sweet in the world! They’re selling sakura flavor for a limited time only. Matcha and caramel are also nice
Posted March 29th, 2010 in Eat out in Japan | No Comments »
Taneya Group started its business in 1872, and now you can find its products across Japan, mostly at big department stores. Taneya shops sell wa-gashi (Japanese sweets), and Club Harie sells you-gashi (Western sweets). (I talked about Club Harie’s baumkuchen here)
As Taneya Group started from Shiga, there are many Taneya/Club Harie shops in around my house. I went to Hikone city (15 minutes from my house) to go to its Hikone shop. … there are 3 buildings; one is Club Harie, one is Taneya and another is cafe and museum. (these buildings are connected) I went to the bakery to try their bagel!.
I knew they only sell bagels on weekends, so I went there on Saturday. There are sooo many people, and only 2 bagels were left when I arrived. They only had plain flavor. I bought one, and tasted at home.
Again, pretty small. As I opened the package film, I could feel the bagel was soft. I squeezed the bagel with two fingers and the dough sprang back. I had a bite, and it was really soft, moist and chewy.
I liked it! I mean, I could taste the sweetness of the flour, and as I chewed the sweetness became more condensed. The body was pretty light, and I think it’s quite different from an American style bagel. Ummm… interesting!
Posted March 28th, 2010 in Japan | 3 Comments »
There are so many thing I feel “sugoi” about Japan. “Sugoi” means … well, “unbelievable” “great” “wow” “very” etc etc. We use this word quite often.
One of them is the service in Japan. Someone who’s been to Japan should know how good the hospitality service in Japan is. Even at the plat home in train station, people who work there greet every passenger by bowing and saying “itterashaimase” “arigato-gozaimasu”.
The other day I went to a bakery shop by car. As it was Saturday and the shop is located in a famous tourist place, there’re so many people walking around. Luckily there were three traffic officers at the entrance and the exit in the bakery car park. After finishing my shopping, I proceeded to the exit, then a traffic officer was giving me a sign “please wait” with body language. As I waited, the officer suddenly walked towards the road and stop all cars coming, then waved his hands to me while bowing and screaming “arigato-gozaimashita!”. It was only for me.
By the way,
Yesterday was my dad’s 60th birthday. We had dinner at a sushi bar near the house, and had birthday cake together at home. It was a good day
Posted March 27th, 2010 in Eat out in Japan | No Comments »
The other day I went to my favorite bakery called Pommes de Terre. (not that famous one in Tokyo, this bakery is in Shiga :p ) My favorite at this shop is Mentaiko France (photo)!!! (>v<)/
This Mentaiko France has hard crust, and chewy body. The mentaiko paste is seasoned with high quality butter and it is very yummy! You can’t eat this if you like soft bread as this France-pan (baguette) is very very hard: sometimes it scratches your mouth. I love hard bread!
… and, a happy surprise! Their bagels just got out from the oven! I asked the staff if I could buy them (as the bagels were still hot and couldn’t be placed in the display shelf yet), they said “ok” .
I bought a matcha bagel and a cheese bagel. Nice and hot
As you can see, the bagel is pretty small. Japanese bagels are about this size. I had a bite on each bagel…
My feedback : I thought their bagels were more like normal bread, not heavy and not really chewy. I could taste butter in the dough. As a snack bread, it was really yummy ( good taste, sweetness and the texture) but I didn’t feel it was a bagel.
My time is running here (>0<) I want to taste Japanese hard bagel while I’m here if I can!