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Even among Japanese convenience stores, the Daily Hot makes this chain especially awesome

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By Casey Baseel, SoraNews24

By this point, we’re all pretty aware of the fact that Japan’s convenience stores are treasure troves of tasty treats. But while you can always find something worth munching on at 7-Eleven, FamilyMart, or Lawson, the lower-profile chain Daily Yamazaki has something extra special.

Instead of just the standard shelf of shipped-from-a-factory breads and pastries that all Japanese convenience stores have, select branches of Daily Yamazaki have their own attached bakery, called Daily Hot, where they bake bread and offer it fresh out of the oven.

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The Daily Hot bread is a self-serve affair. At the bottom of the case are trays and tongs, so just grab whatever pieces you want and bring them all up to the convenience store register to pay and be on your way with your fresh-baked baked goods.

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The quality is better than what you get with pre-packaged convenience store breads, and the price is cheaper than what you’d pay at non-convenience store bakeries. With that combination, you can’t really go wrong with anything from Daily Yamazaki’s Daily Hot lineup, but we’ve got four in particular that we’re big fans of, starting with their melon bread (140 yen. Because it’s fresh from the oven, the Daily Hot melon bread’s top retains a cookie-like crunch, with none of the mushiness that sometimes affects prepackaged varieties.

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Likewise, the fresh fried curry bread (165 yen) is full of flavor without the oily quality that can creep in with packaged ones as time passes.

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Getting back to sweet treats, the agedango fried bun, with a crisp outer layer and soft and chewy center, comes in sesame and kinako (sweet roasted soybean powder), and while we like both, if we had to choose just one we’d go with the kinako (though at just 110 yen each, splurging for both is an easily affordable luxury).

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And last, we can’t forget about the chocolate croissant (155 yen), and those fond memories are making us wish we had one right now.

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Japan loves seasonal foods, but all four of these are available throughout the year. Daily Yamazaki’s Daily Hot bakery does do special limited-time items too, though, like a kuroge wagyu Japanese beef curry bread which is still a bargain at 180 yen.

Really, the only downside is that since attaching a working bakery to a convenience store obviously requires extra space, not all Daily Yamazaki branches have a Daily Hot bread corner, and they’re usually easier to find as you get farther out into the suburbs. However, there are some Daily Hot Daily Yamazakis in downtown Tokyo, most notably in Shinjuku’s Kabukicho and Shibuya’s Jinnan neighborhoods, and you can find a map of all the Tokyo Daily Yamazakis that bake their own bread here by checking the 焼きたてパン box, entering 東京 in the box under 住所から探す, then clicking on 検索.

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Plain flour and Sugar makes me not to pick it up but the taste makes me.

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we’re big fans of, starting with their melon bread....

Um, I'll pass.

fresh fried curry bread...

No.

the agedango fried bun

No again.

kinakohe... 

Nope.

chocolate croissant.

Now we're talking. There's one in my neighborhood, but am always disappointed by the small and uninspired selection. I'll check again after reading this article.

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Is there anything HEALTHY there? I hate to think the amount of hydrogenated fat and sugar in all that stuff. Absolutely disgusting stuff, and not one plant-based option, I bet.

And what is it with all this marshmallow bread? Give me real bread anytime. Everytime I go to a cheap hotel in Europe, I can find better quality bread.

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this seems like a commercial for unhealthy crapola

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Slightly off topic, but as a Brit residing in Tokyo for many years, I was happy to discover that 7/11 sell frozen steak pies. Aeon were selling something similar, but discontinued them. It seems though that it’s only on 7/11s winter menu, the more of us pie lovers buying them, the more places will stock them!

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Moskollo-

Costco and Gyoumuyou Su-pa (業務用スーパ) have them as well.

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It's a long way to the shop if you wanna sausage roll. Or a meat pie.

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Greggs need to open branches in Japan.

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@Mosko:

Costco is way over priced in general except for a limited number of items. I run down to the Zama one occasionally, but Gyoumu Super Rocks price wise for everything except fresh vegetables and fruits. Look them up and you should be able to get what you want. They are all over the place.

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Greggs need to open branches in Japan.

Now that would be wonderful! Yes please! And with their veggie options too!

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Now that would be wonderful! Yes please! And with their veggie options too!

Yeah, with the vegan sausage roll and the steak bake? You can bet your life whenever a foreign eatery opens in Japan, they never bring along anything vegan/vegetarian.

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I think they forgot to fry the bacon for the second photo. It looks raw.

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Jeez, some commenters are real party poopers. Come on, this is good stuff, everybody likes the baked goods in Japan, especially freshly made. Want healthy - chew on a celery stick.

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Typical of the endless, fluffy and not that tasty carb loading baked goods offered up as food in Japan. Healthier food is more expensive and cooking at home (often without sufficient kitchen space to efficiently prep items) a discouraging hassle. Still, Japanese "food" from convenience stores holds this mystique and allure.

Don't even get me started on the tongs used by thousands in a day. As well as table top chopsticks, toothpicks, condiments and the like. Are those still being used in the midst of the coronavirus crisis?

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