Weird or a new discovery?! 4 recommended souzai pan (stuffed buns)
At a Japanese bakery, you might encounter breads you might not know. They're called souzai pan, a Japanese invention. You wanna try them or do you think it's just a weird Japanese invention?
Sep 25 2014 (Apr 15 2020)
At a bakery in Japan...Bakery/Flickr
Have you ever entered a bakery in Japan? If you have, you might have noticed that there were a variety of arranged breads full of vegetables.
You might not even be able to recognize the ingredients.
They are called “souzai pan (stuffed buns)” in Japan. “Pan” means “bread” in Japanese, and “souzai" is "side dish".
So souzai pan is a bread full of Japanese side dishes.
Here is a good example. Curry pan is one of the most popular souzai pan. It contains curry inside. It would probably be found acceptable by most people, but what about the following?
1. Yakisoba panHajime NAKANO/Flickr
Yakisoba is one of the Japanese dishes which foreigners love. Do you like it? It's super yummy.
Here is a surprising souzai pan for you! This is Yakisoba pan. Bread stuffed with noodles. Can you overcome the uneasiness that comes from pairing carbs with carbs? If you can, please try it! Many Japanese young people love this Japanese invention.
2. Takoyaki panMegg/Flickr
If you have ever been to Japan, you should have already tried this soul food from Osaka!
If not, the next time you come to Japan you should try it. Is there any need to put together takoyaki and bread? I am Japanese, but I'm not sure either...but they taste good.
3. Gyoza pan
Have you tried this dish at a Chinese restaurant? It's Jiaozi, called gyoza in Japanese, a kind of dumpling.
Jiaozi is a kind of Chinese dumplings, commonly eaten across Eastern, Central and Western Asia. Though commonly considered part of Chinese cuisine, jiaozi are also commonly eaten in many other Asian countries.
Some Japanese people are crazy enough to create gyoza pan. (This souzai pan is kind of rare though.) What do you think this gyoza pan has inside? Some meat and vegetables?
Actually, it contains a whole gyoza! Do you want to try it?
4. Karaage panhirotomo t/Flickr
Karaage is a kind of chicken nugget made with Japanese seasonings like soy sauce and ginger. This is also one of the Japanese dishes that foreigners love. (Among Japanese men, karaage is also very highly ranked.)
We have karaage pan too! Please don't hesitate to try all of them if you get the chance!
The information in this article is accurate at the time of publication.