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SHIMURA (Mejiro)

Posted by Tokyo Joe on 25.2012 Sweets, Bakery & Cafe 3 comments 0 trackback
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When I was growing up as a child, we always had Kakigoori (Shaved Ice) during the summer. Visiting a Japanese sweet cafe was a treat, but now a days its hard to find a good Japanese sweet cafe which has great Kakigoori. But SHIMURA at Mejiro is probably one of the best in all of Tokyo.


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What makes Shimura's kakigoori special is not only that the ice is extra fine, but any syrup which used fruit is made out of real fruit. Most popular and my favorite as well is KOHRI NAMA ICHIGO (Shaved ice with fresh strawberry sauce) for 800 yen. The strawberries may look somewhat like a jam in this picture but they are actually firmer, somewhere between fresh strawberries and strawberry jam.


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They also have other kakigoori with fruit like KOHRI BUDOH (Shaved ice with fresh grape sauce) for 800 yen,


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KOHRI ANZU (Shaved ice with fresh apricot sauce) for 800 yen,


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KOHRI TSUBUTSUBU NATSU MIKAN MILK (Shaved ice with fresh summer tangerine & sweetened condensed milk) for 900 yen


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They have original flavors like KOHRI CARAMEL (Shaved ice with caramel sauce) for 650 yen,


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and also traditional flavors like KOHRI UJIKINTOKI (Shaved ice with green tea & sweat red bean) for 850 yen.


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You can also add toppings like vanilla ice cream, Shiratama (chewy small rice powder balls), sweetened condensed milk for 100 yen each.


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They also have other summer sweets like HIYASHI SHIRUKO (Cold sweet red bean soup) for 650 yen,


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TSUKUMO ICE (Vanilla ice cream with Kinako jelly) for 600 yen,


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and REIMATCHA (Cold green tea) for 500 yen.


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Of course, they have sweets served all year around like ANMITSU for 700 yen,


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and MATCHA ANMITSU (Green tea anmitsu) for 800 yen.


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If you want to have kakigohri with fruit syrup this is the place to go. There is no other Japanese sweet shop which serves such great fresh fruit syrup and I always wonder why other shops didn't copy their idea. Mejiro is a residential area between Shinjuku and Ikebukuro on JR Yamanote line, but I guarantee you its worth the stop to just visit Shimura on a hot summer afternoon.


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SHIMURA (in Japanese, 志むら)
Address: 3-13-3 Mejiro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo
(in Japanese, 東京都豊島区目白3-13-3)
Nearest train station: JR Mejiro (1 min walk)
Tel: 03-3953-3388
Reservations: No
Website: None
English menu: None
Credit Card: No
Open: 9am-7pm
Closed: Sunday

Prices: Kohri Name Ichigo (Shaved ice with fresh strawberry sauce) 800 yen
Kohri Budoh (Shaved ice with fresh grape sauce) 800 yen
Kohri Anzu (Shaved ice with fresh apricot sauce) 800 yen
Kohri Ujikintoki (Shaved ice with green tea & sweat red bean) 850 yen
Kohri Caramel (Shaved ice with caramel sauce) 650 yen
Toppings (Vanilla ice cream, Shiratama, Sweetened condensed milk) each for 100 yen
Tsukumo Ice (Vanilla ice cream with Kinako jelly) 600 yen
Reimatcha (Cold green tea) 500 yen
Anmitsu 700 yen
Matcha Anmitsu (Green tea anmitsu) 800 yen
Hiyashi Shiruko (Cold sweet red bean soup) 650 yen
Other dishes 105-1,200 yen




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FUNABASHIYA (Kameido)

Posted by Tokyo Joe on 14.2012 Sweets, Bakery & Cafe 0 comments 0 trackback
船橋屋 outside
Kudzu Mochi is a desert or snack my mother use bring back for us, whenever she went back to see her parents in Tokyo. She would always purchase it from the shop which invented it 200 years ago. This shop is FUNABASHIYA at Kameido.


船橋屋 kuzumochi
KUDZU MOCHI is a pudding like arrowroot cake. It does have much of a taste and you add Kinako (soybean flour) and Kuromitsu (Brown sugar syrup) on top. Its one of Tokyo's classical sweets, which goes perfect with green tea.


元祖くず餅
You can also take it out, which most people do.


船橋屋 あんみつ(690円)
Just like any traditional Japanese sweet shop, they serve ANMITSU, which is a made of small cubes of agar jell. It is a white translucent jelly made from red algae or seaweed.


船橋屋 cream anmitsu
You can add a scoop of ice cream to it, which is CREAM ANMITSU


船橋屋 shiratama anmitsu
or Shiratama (Rice floor dumplings), which is SHIRATAMA ANMITSU.


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They also serve MAMEKANTEN (Agar jell, boiled red bean and brown sugar syrup),


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YOSHINO MOCHI (Yoshino kudzu cake with sweet red bean paste).


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If its your first time visiting Funabashiya, you must order Kudzu Mochi, nothing else. Its also close to Kameido Tenjin, but they do have a takeout only store in Hiroo as well.


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FUNABASHIYA (in Japanese, 船橋屋)
Address: 3-2-14 Kameido, Koto-ku, Tokyo
(in Japanese, 東京都江東区亀戸3-2-14)
Nearest train station: JR Kameido (11 min walk)
Tel: 03-3681-2784
Reservations: No
Website: http://www.funabashiya.co.jp/ (in Japanese only)
English menu: None
Credit Card: No
Open: 9am-5pm (Takeout until 6pm)
Closed: None

Prices: Kuzumochi 530 yen
Tokoroten 480 yen
Anmitsu 590 yen
Cream Anmitsu 690 yen
Shiratama Anmitsu 690 yen
Fruits Anmitsu 690 yen
Mitsumame 590 yen
Cream Mitsumame 690 yen
Shiratama Shiruko 690 yen
Mame Kanten 590 yen
Yoshino Mochi 530 yen
Ice Cream 400 yen
Coffee (Hot or Ice) 400 yen




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HATTENDO (Shinagawa & 2 other locations)

Posted by Tokyo Joe on 22.2012 Sweets, Bakery & Cafe 0 comments 0 trackback
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A small bakery shop from Hiroshima, which was close to going bankrupt decided to take one last chance selling their one of a kind CREAM PAN (Custard cream bun) at a train station in Tokyo. Just by word of month, it became one of the top omiyage's for people to buy when visiting others. This bakery is HATTENDO at JR Shinagawa.


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Cream Pan has been one of the most commonly eaten pastries for decades, but Hattendo's is one of a kind. First of all, the bun is extra soft. You also need to put it in the refrigerator and eat it cold, not at room temperature like most pastries. Its also cheap, just 200 yen.


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The custard cream is extra soft and smooth as well and once you put the Cream Pan into your mouth, it just melts. Its almost like eating a thin layer of soft bread with custard cream. It is smaller than your fist and most people can eat 2 or 3 at once.


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They have other flavors besides custard cream, which are MATCHA (Green tea cream), OGURA (Red bean cream), CHOCOLATE, and NAMA CREAM (Mix of whip & custard cream). But by far, the most popular one is the regular Cream Pan.


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Even though they are open until 10pm, they are usually sold out around rush hour, which is around 6pm. If you are taking the Shinkansen from Shinagawa or Tokyo station, just grab a couple and it will be a great snack to eat while you are on the Shinkansen. All my friends, who have visited Japan and tried one have all fallen in love with Hattendo's Cream Pan and wanting to bring it back to their country. But since they don't use any preservatives it only lasts 2 days in the refrigerator. They have 2 other stores at Tokyo and Akihabara station.


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HATTENDO (in Japanese, 八天堂)
Address: ecute Shinagawa south 1F, which is located inside JR Shinagawa station
(in Japanese, JR 品川駅 エキュート品川サウス1階)
Nearest train station: JR Shinagawa (1 min walk)
Tel: 03-5421-8026
Reservations: No
Website: http://www.hattendo.jp/ (in Japanese only)
English menu: None
Credit Card: No
Open: 8am-10pm (will closed when sold out)
Closed: None

Prices: Cream pan (Custard cream bun) 200 yen




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MISTER DONUT (Shinjuku and many other locations)

Posted by Tokyo Joe on 23.2012 Sweets, Bakery & Cafe 0 comments 0 trackback
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Many of my friends from the states have asked me where they could get some doughnuts for breakfast. There are American doughnut shops like Krispy Kreme, Doughnut Plant in Tokyo now, but a shop which originally from Boston and no longer exists in the states is MISTER DONUT at Shinjuku. They have over 1,300 locations throughout Japan.


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Mister Donut is the first major doughnut shop which came to Japan in 1971. Its originally from Boston, the owner was actually related to the owner of Dunkin' Dounts. Dunkin' Donuts eventually bought Mister Donuts in 1990 and it disappeared from the states. But since Dunkin' Donuts business failed in Japan long before they bought Mister Donut, the company which had the franchise license for Japan bought trademark of Mister Donut from Dunkin' Donuts.


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Originally, they served the same doughnuts which were sold in the states, but after purchasing trademark, they started to create original doughnuts for Japanese consumers. The most famous one and No.1 selling donut is PON DE RING. It is extra chewy and fluffy. It comes in glazed, brown sugar, chocolate frosting, chocolate frosting with chocolate doe.


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They do have regular donuts like SUGAR RAISED, CHOCO RING (Chocolate frosted), STRAWBERRY RING (Strawberry frosting),


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HONEY DIP (Glazed) and many more.

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For small children, mini doughnuts called D-POP are available.


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Their French Cruller comes in various flavors and fillings like ANGEL FRENCH (French Cruller covered with chocolate, filled with whipped cream),


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ANGEL CHOCOLAT (Chocolate French Cruller covered with chocolate, filled with whipped cream), CUSTARD CHOCOLAT (Chocolate French Cruller covered with chocolate, filled with custard cream).


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They have pies as well like FRANK PIE (Sausage pie), STICK PIE APPLE (Apple pie), HAMBURG PIE (Minced meat patty pie), and EBI GRATIN PIE (Shrimp gratin pie).


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Recently doughnuts made out of rice flour was created for children who are allergic to normal flour or eggs. These are called KOMEKO DOUGHNUT and they come in various favors.


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Seasonal donuts are available as well like donuts with green tea mixed in the flour or green tea frosting.


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For people who want to eat something besides doughnuts or even lunch, dim sum and Chinese noodle is available as well.


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Many of my friends who left Japan and went back to their country talk about having donuts from Mister Donut one day again. It is less sweeter than other doughnut shops like Dunkin' Donuts. The only thing that is missing from Mister Donut is they stopped selling jelly filled doughnuts in the 90's, but even if they don't I'm sure you would enjoy other doughnuts offered by them. Like I mentioned before they have over 1,300 shops throughout Japan, so you should be able to find one near by where ever you are.


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MISTER DONUT (in Japanese, ミスタードーナツ)
Address: 1-2-1 Kabukicho, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
(in Japanese, 東京都新宿区歌舞伎町1-2-1)
Nearest train station: JR, Tokyo Metro or Toei Subway Shinjuku (5 min walk)
Tel: 03-3208-0160
Reservations: No
Website: http://www.misterdonut.jp/ (in Japanese only)
English menu: None
Credit Card: No
Open: 6am-2am
Closed: None

Prices: Donuts from 115-147 yen
Pies from 147-168 yen
Noodles from 315-420 yen
Dim Sum from 157-273 yen
Drinks from 189-315 yen



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KAGETSU (Yushima/Ueno-hirokouji)

Posted by Tokyo Joe on 08.2012 Sweets, Bakery & Cafe 0 comments 0 trackback
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Karintoh (Fried dough cookies) are more popular to older people since its a traditional down to earth Japanese sweet. Even when I was growing up, whenever my mother bought some at the near by supermarket, I would never touch them. But when her friend brought karintoh from KAGETSU at Yushima as an omiyage (gift when visiting someones house), they were totally different.


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Usually, karintoh are much thinner and darker since its coated with brown sugar syrup, but Kagetsu's it bigger in size and coated with regular sugar syrup.


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It is lighter inside as well, which makes it less oily than normal karintoh. It goes great with green tea (hot or cold) and its a great afternoon snack.


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Packed and offered in a can with a classical Japanese design,


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or they will wrap it up for you in a beautiful cloth, both for an extra fee.


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But if you are just eating it at home, you can purchase it in a regular plastic bag for 780 yen.


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They also have various flavored fried rice crackers like SAZARE,


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and IWAMOTO. They are great as well, but if you are only purchasing one item that would be karintoh, nothing else.


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They last for about a month or so if you don't open it, and once you do about a week or so. If you are a tourist visiting from another country it will be a great present to bring back home. There are 3 famous karintoh shops in Tokyo, Tachibana at Ginza, Kozakura at Asakusa, but by far Kagetsu is my favorite. You can get to Kagetsu from Yushima, Ueno-Hirokouji, Okachimachi, and Ueno station as well.


KAGETSU (in Japanese, 花月)
Address: 3-39-6 Yushima, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo
(in Japanese, 東京都文京区湯島3-39-6)
Nearest train station: Tokyo Metro Yushima (3 min walk) or Ueno-hirokouji (2 min walk)
JR Okachimachi (5 min walk)
Tel: 03-3831-9762
Reservations: Yes
Website: http://www.karintou-kagetsu.com/index.html (in Japanese only)
English menu: None
Credit Card: No
Open: 9:30am-6pm
Closed: Sunday & Holiday

Prices: Karintoh from 780 yen
Other items from 390 yen




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QUIL FAIT BON (Daikanyama)

Posted by Tokyo Joe on 15.2012 Sweets, Bakery & Cafe 2 comments 0 trackback
キルフェボン outside
When visiting someones house in Japan, we usually bring some omiyage (gift) and many people choose cakes for this. You want to bring something that is not only delicious, and famous, but looks great as well. If its my first time visiting the person's house, I usually get fresh fruit tarts from QUIL FAIT BON at Daikanyama.


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They usually have about 10 fruit tarts and 4 cakes available. Hear are some available all year around. KISETSU NO FRUITS NO TART (Seasonal fruit tart),


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AKAI FRUITS NO TART (Red fruit tart), which is my favorite


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ICHIGO NO TART (Strawberry tart),


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BLUEBERRY TART,


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CHEESECAKE,


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CHOCOLATE TOH BANANA NO TART (Chocolate mousse & banana tart),


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MONT BLANC,


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CHIBOUST.


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And here are some available when the fruit is in season. KANJYUKU MANGO NO TART (Fully ripe mango tart),


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SHIRO ICHIGO NO TART (White strawberry tart) & SATO NISHIKI NO TART (Sato nishiki cherry tart),


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KIICHIGO TOH WHITE CHOCOLATE NO TART (Raspberry & White Chocolate mousse tart),


キルフェボン peach tart
HAKUTOH NO TART (White peach tart),


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ICHIJIKU NO TART (Fig tart),


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ANNIN BABALOA NO TART IROTORIDORIDORI NO FRUIT JELLY JITATE (Almond flavored Bavarian cream tart with colorful fruit jello),


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KABOCHA NO TART (Pumpkin tart).


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Quil Fait Bon is originally from Shizuoka and owned by a furniture shop. They also have stores at Aoyama and Ginza. And at the Daikanyama and GInza store, they have a cafe as well where you can eat these tarts. The crust, custard cream and other creams used for the tarts are very simple and normal, but what makes it different from other fruit tarts is that they use the best fruit available and especially how they decorate it. It just looks so beautiful and delicious, that it puts a smile on all generations when they first see it.


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Quil Fait Bon (in Japanese, キルフェボン )
Address: 2-18-2 Ebisu Nishi, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
(in Japanese, 東京都渋谷区恵比寿西2-18-2)
Nearest train station: Tokyu Toyoko Daikanyama (3 min walk)
Tel: 03-5457-2191
Reservations: No
Website: http://www.quil-fait-bon.com/ (in Japanese only)
English menu: None
Credit Card: No
Open: 11am-8pm (Cafe 12pm-8pm)
Closed: None

Prices: Tarts, Pies & Cakes 600-1,500 yen
Beverages 500-1,200 yen


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LU-GANG (Kamimachi)

Posted by Tokyo Joe on 21.2011 Sweets, Bakery & Cafe 0 comments 0 trackback
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Nikuman or Butaman (Steamed pork buns) are sold at any covinience store in Japan. If you visit Chinatown at Yokohama, Kobe or Nagasaki there are many shops which claim to be the best, but if you ever had one from LU-GANG at Kamimachi, you would agree that they are best.


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Lu-Gang is actually a name of a city in Taiwan. The owner/chef was a school teacher before opening Lu-Gang. He went to Taiwan for a class trip with his students and one of the tour guides suggested to try out a nikuman from a famous local shop. He was shocked to see people wait for hours to purchase one and also how good it was. Even though he was a school teacher, he always had a dream to open his own shop one day and thought that this was it. After 3 years of asking the owner to let him work there, he finally got his wish and did so for several years. He was given the secret recipe which was only passed on to the 1st son for several generations and still is the only who knows the recipe who isn't family.


鹿港 nikuman
Lu-Gang only sales 4 items. NIKUMAN (Steamed Pork Bun) for 140 yen.


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What makes this special compared to others is not the pork filling it's the bun. There are really no words to describe this and you need to actually have it to know why its the best.


鹿港 anman

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Other items are ANMAN (Steamed Sweet Red Bean Bun) for 120 yen,


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Mantou (Plain Steamed Bun) for 70 yen,


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which has no filling and goes along great with other Chinese dishes with sauce,


鹿港 kokutou mantou
and finally KOKUTOU (Steamed Brown Sugar Bun) for 80 yen, which is just a bit sweeter than Mantou.


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Lu-Gang opens at 10am, but they usually sell out around 1pm on weekdays and even earlier on weekends. There is no space to eat, so you either eat on the street or take it back home and reheat it. I usually have one at the spot and enjoy the rest at home and I would suggest to others to do the same.


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Lu-Gang (in Japanese, 鹿港)
Address: 3-1-12 Setagaya, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo
(in Japanese, 東京都世田谷区世田谷3-1-12)
Nearest train station: Tokyu Setagaya Line Kamimachi (2 min walk)
Tel: 03-5799-3031
Reservations: No
Website: http://www.lu-gang.com/ (in Japanese only)
English menu: None
Credit Card: No
Open: 10am - until soldout (which is usually before 1pm)
Closed: Thursday, 2nd Wednesday (during summer there will be more)

Prices: Nikuman (Steamed Pork Bun) 140 yen
Anman (Steamed Sweet Red Bean Bun) 120 yen
Mantou (Plain Steamed Bun) 70 yen
Kokutou (Steamed Brown Sugar Bun) 80 yen




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HIDEMI SUGINO (Kyobashi)

Posted by Tokyo Joe on 19.2011 Sweets, Bakery & Cafe 8 comments 0 trackback
HIDEMI SUGINO outside
HIDEMI SUGINO is the first oriental person to win the most prestigious competition, La Coupe du Monde de la Pâtisserie, the world cup of pastry in 1991. He is also the first oriental person to become member of Relais Desserts, which only has 85 members around the world. After training in France for several years he came back to Japan and was hired as chief pâtissier at various shops before opening his own shop HIDEMI SUGINO in Kobe. He then moved his shop to Kyobashi, Tokyo in 2001 and is probably the most popular pastry shop in Tokyo for the last 10 years. He uses a limited amount of sugar and his creations are probably the most artistic of all pâtissiers in Japan.


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Most of his creations are mousse based cakes. He uses very limited gelatin, which makes it extra soft and creamy, but since its so soft, most of his cakes need to be in a refrigerator within a hour after it is purchased. There are also cakes which can only be eaten at his cafe. These cakes are just too soft to travel even for 15 minutes.


HIDEMI SUGINO 11 marie
His most famous cake which you can only eat at the cafe is MARIE, a wild strawberry & pistachio mousse cake.


HIDEMI SUGINO 10 Ambroisie アンブロワジー
Another one is AMBROISI, a chocolate mousse cake. There are only 10 made everyday, so you have to be lucky to eat both at the same time.


HIDEMI SUGINO 7 Améthyste アメジスト
The following are cakes, which you can take out. AMETHYSTE,


HIDEMI SUGINO 6 Ambre Noah アンブルノア
AMBRE NOAH,


HIDEMI SUGINO 4 Pomme dEve ポムデーブ
POMME D'EVE,


HIDEMI SUGINO 8 Merveille メルベイユ
MERVEILLE,


HIDEMI SUGINO 12 LARME ラルム
LARME,


HIDEMI SUGINO 2 Framboisier) フランポワジェ
FRAMBOISIER,


HIDEMI SUGINO 9 Geometryジオメトリー
GEOMETRY,


HIDEMI SUGINO 5 Mangue Cassis マングー・キャシス
MANGUE CASSIS,


HIDEMI SUGINO 3 chocolat framboise ショコラフランボワーズ
CHOCOLAT FRAMBOISE,


HIDEMI SUGINO 1 Sous Bois スーボワ
and SOUS BOIS.


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Although Hidemi Sugino is open from 11am-7pm, cakes are added at 11am when it opens and at 2pm as well. They will be sold out within an hour or so and there will be many people online waiting. You will need to be there at least 30 minutes before and even if there are many cakes available you are only allowed to purchase 6 pieces. You are allowed to eat 2 pieces at the cafe, but then you can only takeout 4. If you want to eat a modern sensitive cake, which you won't find anywhere else, go to Hidemi Sugino even if you have to wait a hour or so.





HIDEMI SUGINO (in Japanese, イデミ・スギノ)
Address: 3-6-17 Kyobashi, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
(in Japanese, 東京都中央区京橋3-6-17)
Nearest train station: Tokyo Metro Kyobashi or Ginza 1-chome (2 min walk)
Tel: 03-3538-6780
Reservations: No
Website: None
English menu: None
Credit Card: No
Open: 11am-7pm
Closed: Monday (Every other Tuesday as well. Check with them for specific dates)

Prices: From 600 yen




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BENISHIKA (Yurakucho)

Posted by Tokyo Joe on 11.2011 Sweets, Bakery & Cafe 0 comments 0 trackback
紅鹿舎 outside
50 years ago no one really knew what pizza was and the only place you can eat it was an Italian restaurant owned by a former American soldier in Roppongi. (this restaurant is still there, but different ownership) A person who owned a coffee shop went to eat pizza at this restaurant and loved it. He knew that if he served at his shop it will give his business a kick and one of the few places to have pizza. Unfortunately, he didn't have the recipe to make the doe, so he used regular bread instead and invented PIZZA TOAST. His shop became so famous that coffee shop owners from all over Japan came to eat it and copied the recipe in the 70's. You don't see Pizza Toast that often at coffee shops now, but if it wasn't for BENISHIKA at Yurakucho, pizza would have been introduced much later to people through out Japan.


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Benishika is an old fashioned coffee shop with a wide variety of food and drinks. In the old days, Yurakucho was the place to go see movies and many couples would often meet at Benishika before going to the movies.


紅鹿舎 pizzatoast
This is the original Pizza Toast for 800 yen. Nothing special about it with so many pizza shops all over Tokyo now, but its very nostalgic to many and reminds you of the old days in Japan. People didn't eat much cheese until Pizza Toast was invented and to many it was their first experience of having melting cheese.


紅鹿舎 hotcake
Other notable dishes are HOTCAKE for 800 yen, its the simple standard Hotcake that all Japanese people love,


紅鹿舎 waffle
STRAWBERRY WAFFLE for 1,000 yen, which comes with fresh strawberries, strawberry ice cream & sauce,


紅鹿舎 blueberry pie
BLUEBERRY PIE for 1,000 yen and the pie it baked once an order is placed,


紅鹿舎 strawberry paffet
STRAWBERRY PAFFET for 800 yen,


紅鹿舎 カフェベネチア
and their original CAFE VENETIAN for 800 yen, which you pour espresso type coffee over ice cream.


紅鹿舎 lunch
They also serve various lunch sets during lunch time between 800-1,500 yen, which is popular to people working near by.


紅鹿舎 inside
Many of the famous Yurakucho shops from the 60's & 70's are gone, but Benishika is one of the few still around. If you want to experience what coffee shops were like in the 60's & 70's check out Benishika. Nothing fancy about the place, but everything is simply good.


紅鹿舎 menu


BENISHIKA (in Japanese, 紅鹿舎)
Address: 1-6-8 Yurakucho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
(in Japanese, 東京都千代田区有楽町1-6-8)
Nearest train station: JR Yurakucho or Tokyo Metro Hibiya (3 min walk)
Tel: 03-3502-0848
Reservations: No
Website: None
English menu: None (but pictures)
Credit Card: No
Open: 9:30am-11:30pm
Closed: None

Prices: Pizza Toast 800 yen
Hotcake 800 yen
Strawberry Waffle 1,000 yen
Blueberry Pie 1,000 yen
Strawberry Paffet 800 yen
Lunch Set from 780-940 yen
Napolitan Spaghetti Set 1,300 yen
Cafe Venetian 800 yen
Others from 600-1,700 yen




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MIHASHI (Ueno)

Posted by Tokyo Joe on 24.2011 Sweets, Bakery & Cafe 1 comments 0 trackback
mihashi outside 2
Wanna try Japanese deserts at a traditional Japanese cafe, one of my favorites is MIHASHI at Ueno. Mihashi has multiple locations including one inside Tokyo station, but their main shop is the one in Ueno. I usually takeout instead of eating at the shop since there could be a decent wait especially on weekends & holidays.


mihashi iriguchi
When you enter Mihashi, you place your order first at the cashier and they will give you a ticket. They will have a menu with pictures right in front of the cashier.


mihashi inside
If you want to take time to decide on what to order just get a table first, check the menu there and then go to the cashier.


mihashi menu 2
Many restaurants in the past used this system, but Mihashi is one of the few which still do.


みはし ichigo cream anmitsu
Their signiture item is ANMITSU, which is a made of small cubes of agar jell. It is a white translucent jelly made from red algae or seaweed. On top of it is syrup covered red bean paste with fruits. You can add ice cream or soft cream with it and my favorite and probably the most popular Anmitsu is ICHIGO CREAM ANMITSU (Anmitsu with strawberries & vanilla soft cream) for 700 yen.


mihashi 苺クリームあんみつ(700円)+白玉(100円)
You can also add SHIRATAMA (Rice floor dumplings) for an additional 100 yen, which is used for many Japanese sweets.


mihashi フルーツクリームあんみつ(690円)
If you want other fruits than strawberries, try FRUITS CREAM ANMITSU (Anmitsu with various fruits & vanilla soft cream) for 690 yen.


mihashi 抹茶あんみつ(560円)
Other popular Anmitsu's are MATCHA ANMITSU (Anmitsu with green tea ice cream) for 560 yen. What makes Mihashi's Anmitsu different from others is their original syrup. It is not as sweet as others. And also, their ANKO (red bean paste) isn't as well. Delicate balance of just being at the perfect sweetness, when you put everything in your mouth.


mihashi あわぜんざい
They have other traditional items like AWAZENZAI (Millet with sweet red bean soup) for 520 yen,


mihashi 田舎汁粉
INAKA SHIRUKO (Sticky rice cake in sweet red bean soup) for 520 yen


mihashi 抹茶フロート
or if you are thirsty, there is MATCHA FLOUT (Green tea milkshake) for 450 yen.


mihashi お雑煮
If you want to have something not sweet and filling, they offer OZOHNI (Sticky rice cake in clear dry bonito broth with egg & chicken) for 590 yen.


mihashi 夏はかき氷
They offer various KAKIGOHRI (Shaved ice) during the summer


mihashi 小倉最中アイス
and you can take out any Anmitsu without ice cream/soft cream and also OGURA ICE MONAKA (red bean ice cream with wafers) as well.


mihashi anmitsu takeout
Mihashi opened in 1948 and my grandmother brought me to Mihashi for the 1st time when I was 11 yrs old. Since then I have tried many other famous and older Japanese desert shops, but to many people including myself, when it comes down to Anmitsu, Mihashi's is the best with or without soft cream.





MIHASHI (in Japanese, みはし)
Address: 4-7-9 Ueno, Taito-ku, Tokyo
(in Japanese, 東京都台東区上野4-7-9)
Nearest train station: JR Ueno & Tokyo Metro Ueno-Hirokouji (3 min walk)
Tel: 03-3831-0384
Reservations: No
Website: http://www.mihashi.co.jp/ (in Japanese only)
English menu: None
Credit Card: No
Open: 10:30am-9:00pm
Closed: Undecided

Prices: Ichigo Cream Anmitsu (Anmitsu with strawberries & vanilla soft cream) 700 yen
Fruits Cream Anmitsu (Anmitsu with various fruits & vanilla soft cream) 690 yen
Matcha Anmitsu (Anmitsu with green tea ice cream) 560 yen
Awazenzai (Millet with sweet red bean soup) 520 yen
Inaka Shiruko (Sticky rice cake in sweet red bean soup) 520 yen
Matcha Float (Green tea milkshake) 450 yen
Ozohni (Sticky rice cake in clear dry bonito broth with egg & chicken) 590 yen




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