Photo: @HG7654321

How to make delicious Japanese cafe-style pizza toast with bare bones ingredients

By grape Japan

While likely not something you'd associate with Japanese food, pizza toast remains an endearing favorite from the menus of the "retro" Japanese cafes of the Showa period (1926-1989). Whether enjoying the gooey pizza flavor at a modern coffee house or enjoying a nostalgic slice as a stroll down memory lane at its birthplace café, the classic pizza toast doesn't appear to be fading away from menus anytime soon.

While there's plenty of premade frozen packages to satisfy cravings for it at home, it can be hard to capture the exact taste of a retro Japanese cafe's pizza toast in a microwave. Fortunately professional chef Mugi Rice (@HG7654321), who often shares helpful recipes and cooking tips like how to use mochi to make perfect pancakes or serve morning toast most deliciously, has stepped up with a simple cooking "lifehack" on how to replicate the flavor at home even if you're lacking in ingredients!

All you need is bread (of your choice, but usually in Japan fluffier kinds are preferred), ketchup, cheese, oregano, and olive oil.

First, cut the bread into bite-sized pieces and spread ketchup on it (top photo).

Top with cheese and sprinkle with oregano, and then throw them into a toaster oven.

Photo: @HG7654321

Photo: @HG7654321

When the cheese is cooked to a nice golden brown, place on a plate and use olive oil as a dip.

Photo: @HG7654321

While you would usually want toppings like bell pepper and actual pizza sauce for Japanese style pizza toast, on the fly when you have the munchies and don't have everything on hand, this simple recipe gets unlocked by using olive oil as a dip to unlock that coffee house pizza toast flavor even when you don't have everything on hand! Granted, oregano might always be in your cupboard, but the rest is so simple. If you're missing or ever wanted to try Japanese-style pizza toast, try whipping out this easy recipe for some quick delicious bites.

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Wow! A Japanese take on cheese on toast. Looks like this delight took it up a notch with that wonderful, understated, processed cheese that browns so perfectly on top of that lightly crispy yet fluffy, melt-in-your-mouth toast. No doubts at all that I could imagine myself back in 1985.

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Why not just do a grilled cheese. Half the work and gooey cheesy goodness.

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Are there really anyone on the face of Earth who does not know how to make pizza toast?

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Thank you, grape Japan. There are people who don’t know how to make pizza toast. If only my kid had read this when he was 5, he wouldn’t have accidentally almost burned down the kitchen and ruined our 20,000 yen toaster.

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Are there really anyone on the face of Earth who does not know how to make pizza toast?

You would be surprised how many people can't cook, boil a pot of water, let alone make pizza toast. I've never made lasagna before. Seems complex, lots of steps, but its probably very simple. Some people have that same mindset when it comes to pizza, although its also very simple.

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Next episode: how to boil an egg.

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