Zaku Zaku Croquant Chou – During our short stay in Tokyo, my boyfriend and I stumbled upon a little snack shop inside Shinjuku train station. We didn’t think much of it at first although when we noticed how long the lineup was we decided to try it out because if it’s popular with the locals then it must be worth the wait. We were pleasantly surprised that the cream puff sticks were being made fresh right before our eyes. The store only offered one flavor – the original; which costs 300 yen (approximately $3 Canadian), although you can buy multiples for a discounted price.
The ‘cream puff’ was unlike any other cream puff I’ve ever tasted before. It seemed like there was a crunchy almond topping baked into it, with a custard filling inside.
Danish Bread – Although this bread was made in Hong Kong the owner of the chain of cafes that sells it originates from Japan (where the flagship store is located) and is definitely worth a mention. It is said that their dough is shipped fresh from Japan every morning then baked in Hong Kong to be sold and distributed to the various cafe locations. The company claims that when the dough is made the baker has put in 81 folds ! The cafe also sells numerous other types of baked goods such as cakes, tarts, and buns. However the danish bread is probably their best selling product and is sold in pre-packaged bags to customers; as a side for their pasta specials; and in many of their desserts. They come in many flavors – plain, chocolate, green tea, red bean, etc.
The texture of the bread is buttery and soft and resembles that of croissants.
Mushroom cream pasta with a side of salad and danish toast.