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1. LE BIHANayustety/Flickr
This bread, called mentai France, uses Japanese ingredients mixed with French bread. Various stores offer this type of bread, and the one in this particular photo is offered by the bakery Le Bihan in Ikebukuro in Tokyo. It uses mentaiko, which is marinated pollock roe, to flavor buttery French dough that is then baked to perfection.
HP: www.lebihan.jp/ (Japanese Only)
Address: 1-28-2 Minami-Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo (Google Map)
2. Kounotori no Megumi
This bread uses chikuwa, a kind of fish cake. This soft bread is filled with chikuwa, tuna, and mayonnaise and is a very popular bread lately. The bread in the photo is from Hyogo prefecture, but you can buy it in Hyogo’s antenna shop since it uses specifically chikuwa from that prefecture. You may be surprised by the combination of fish and bread, but thanks to the addition of the tuna and mayonnaise, but it works very well.
HP: tabelog.com/tokyo/A1301/A130102/13142820/ (Japanese Only)
Address: Tokyo Koutsuu Kaikan 2-10-1 Yurakucho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo (Google Map)
Croquettes are very popular in Japan as side dishes, and this bread takes advantage of that. A long soft bread is filled with a potato croquette and then topped with Worcestershire sauce. This is a perfect snack for when you’re feeling peckish.
HP: www7b.biglobe.ne.jp/~aokiya/index.html (Japanese Only)
Address: 6-47-14 Minami-Senju, Arakawa-ku, Tokyo (Google Map)
Have you seen yakisoba bread in anime or dramas? It uses sauce yakisoba in a long soft bread, similar to croquette bread. It’s delicious and cheap, making it extremely popular among students. If you try it once you’ll get addicted!
HP: tabelog.com/tokyo/A1312/A131203/13147727/ (Japanese Only)
Address: 3-14-5 Mukojima, Sumida-ku, Tokyo (Google Map)
Japanese egg sandwiches are made with egg salad that uses rich mayonnaise. This particular store is famous for its egg sandwiches for how much they fill their sandwiches. If you eat two you’ll be completely full. It’s a take-out only place so you can bring it back to your hotel and eat it in peace.
Address: 3-6-12 Nishi-Nippori, Arakawa-ku, Tokyo (Google Map)
Curry bread uses Japanese-style curry inside bread that is then fried. It’s extremely popular all around Japan. The bread itself is sweet and goes very well with the spicy curry. This is definitely one that you have to try in Japan.
HP: www.morisita.net/catlea/ (Japanese Only)
Address: 1-6-11 Morishita, Koto-ku, Tokyo (Google Map)
Gratin is very popular in Japan, and this is bread that takes advantage of it. The coffee chain Kohikan makes the gratin bread in the photo. The bread bowl is filled with chicken, white sauce, and cheese, and then baked. There are Kohikan branches all around the country, so you’ll be able to find a branch near you. It’s very hot so take care not to burn yourself.
HP: www.kohikan.jp/ (Japanese Only)
Address: 3-1 Kanda Jinbocho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo (Google Map)
This bread is made to look like onigiri (rice balls). The bread in the photograph uses rice flour to make it, then it’s stuffed with takuan (Japanese pickles) and mayonnaise, and then wrapped with nori seaweed on the outside. It’s a very delicious bread that carries a true Japanese taste.
HP: www.mybeicon.com/ (Japanese Only)
Address: Togoshi Ginza Shoutengai 2-6-3 Togoshi, Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo (Google Map)
9. Ginza Satou
This is a menchi katsu burger. Menchi katsu is ground pork and beef mixed and seasoned and then fried into a croquette. In the photograph, the menchi katsu is then covered in sauce and then wrapped in bread. Ginza Satou only sells 50 of them a day so if you want it you should get there when they open at 11 AM.
HP: www.shop-satou.com/shop/ginza/index.html (Japanese Only)
Address: 1-14-1 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo (Google Map)