The French croquette was brought to Japan in the 80s. Korokkepan, another kind of stuffed bread, is essentially a Japanese-style croquette that’s served on a bun.
The croquette-like patty, or korokke, is made from ground meat and/or seafood, and vegetables like carrots, onions, and potatoes. It’s then covered in panko (Japanese-style bread crumbs) before being deep-fried. Korokkepan are extra tasty with a smear of mayo and some refreshing lettuce on top.
From kashipan to chouripan, Japan is home to a plethora of filled breads and buns. Both sweet and savory buns can be found at convenience stores and bakeries across Japan, making them a popular breakfast, lunch, and snack option for people on the go. Thanks to their wide range of fillings and flavors, there truly is a kashipan or chouripan for everyone.