The new Snack? Breakfast? Dessert? Trend in Tokyo: Mellon Pan

Hi, Japanese Foodies!

When you hear Japanese food, what comes to mind?
Sushi, Ramen, Yakitori, Tempura?
Well… yes, all of them are great, but today I want to talk about something totally different.

Japanese Pastries.

Japan is secretly known for their delicious and luxurious pastries.
They’re so good that you start to crave them for
Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner.

Lately in Tokyo, one specific pastry has been trending with all the locals.

Melon Pan

It looks like a melon, smells like a melon, but unfortunately it doesn’t taste anything like a melon.
So what exactly is this melon pan made out of? It’s actually sweet bread covered with a crisp cookie dough. (“Pan”=Bread)

Melon Pan was invented around the 1910’s in Japan so it does has a very long history.
However, there has been a resurgence of bakeries opening all over Japan specifically selling their own version of Melon Pan.

Each of these bakeries create their own unique style hoping to bring in new customers.
The more popular ones for example, Melon Pan with cream injected inside or ice cream sandwiched between it.
They cost around 100-200 yen which is affordable for such a luxurious and sweet snack, so don’t forget to pick up a few for your friends and family.
The best part is being able to eat it for breakfast, dessert or your 3 o’clock snack.

Sometimes, I wish we had access to great Japanese Pastry in Los Angeles but the beautiful weather definitely makes up for it.
Are there any places you recommend?
If so, let us know!