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Hotel develops new 'shokupan' bread with white crusts to curb food waste

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Many Japanese people enjoy eating fluffy, soft, and chewy white milk bread, known as 食パン shokupan, baked into square loaves. Whether it's in delicious egg sandwiches or "Lunch Pack" sealed sandwich pockets, almost all shokupan sandwiches sold in Japan have their crusts removed. Crusted bread lovers do exist but the prevailing perception is that crusts aren't… Read

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Is it OK to order pizza delivery during a typhoon? We ask Japan’s big three pizza chains

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Every time there’s a typhoon in Japan, it’s accompanied by a debate on social media. The topic: whether or not it’s OK to order a pizza and have it delivered during a typhoon. On one side of the debate are those who think it’s totally acceptable to get a pizza delivered… Read

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'Anko' red bean paste the new chic way to stay in shape

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Low in fat and high in fiber, anko confectionery is becoming a go-to for fitness freaks and bodybuilders who want to make the most of wagashi traditional sweets. The red bean paste is seen as a "stylish" dietary sweet for many, as it accompanies virtually anything well, including dairy products,… Read

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Japan’s caviar purin custard pudding – Weirdly wonderful, or foolishly fancy?

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Japanese pudding, or purin, as it’s called here, is one of life’s great simple pleasures. You get a sweet and creamy custard base, a caramel sauce topping, and a smile on your face for as long as the flavor lingers on your taste buds. But confectioner Maison de Purin, based in Hyogo… Read

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Pumpkin Spice Latte returns to Starbucks Japan with a new Frappuccino for autumn

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When the seasons change in Japan, the menus also change, with seasonal ingredients taking pride of place at restaurants, and at some of the big-name chains around the country as well. Over at Starbucks, the humble pumpkin and sweet potato will be taking centre stage this autumn, in the form of two… Read

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Turning Japanese convenience store bread into gourmet French toast

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Yamazaki Baking Company's long-selling "Thin Crust Cream Bread" series is a major hit with sweets fans in Japan. In particularly their "Thin Crust Sweet Potato Cream Bread" is a bit of a fan favorite, and can be a bit hard to get our hands on even at Daily Yamazaki convenience… Read

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Move over mochi ice cream. Mochi whipped cream gets a trial run in Japan

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If you're a fan of mochi ice cream and you're visiting Japan, chances are you'll quickly discover Lotte's long-selling ice cream brand 雪見だいふく Yukimi-daifuku, the most popular version of it in Japan. Although the product known as "mochi ice cream" (sometimes shortened to "mochi" even though mochi simply means rice… Read

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The easiest way to wash a curry pot is also the most delicious

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Curry is a strong contender for the top of the list when it comes to comfort food. But no matter what kind you make, after cooking up a big batch, it can become quite difficult to scrub a pot clean unless you get to it very quickly. With the amount… Read

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Research shows Kewpie Half mayonnaise keeps salad veggies crunchier than other mayos

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If you've ever made coleslaw or other salads with mayonnaise from Kewpie, especially their half-calorie version, Kewpie Half, you may have noticed that your veggies are crunchier and your salads less soggy than when using other mayonnaises. Kewpie Corporation had observed this fact but the scientific reason had not been… Read

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eggslut’s new sandwich ups the gourmet in Japan’s egg sandwich game

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With Big Slut burgers and an egg sandwich that serves up an entire eel, Los Angeles egg and sandwich specialty store eggslut has been making some pretty been offering some pretty enticing menu options in Japan. Their new fall menu continues the trend of gourmet egg sandwich options, and it's headlined by a… Read

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