If you are a fan of Japanese movies, anime, or manga, you’ve probably come across a scene of students fighting for the few precious yakisoba pan in the school cafeteria, or heard of melonpan. But what are these exactly? Let’s dive into the yummy world of Japanese breads!
Bakeries can be found in neighborhoods across Japan, and they offer a wide variety of baked goods. One especially popular bakery snack are Japanese-style breads and buns, which range from sweet breads, collectively known as kashipan, to savory breads referred to as chouripan.
Japanese breads are typically filled or stuffed. These fillings include everything from sweet custards and fruity jams to savory curry and more. Both kashipan and chouripan are relatively quick and easy to eat, making them a popular choice for breakfast, lunch, dessert and snacking.
Whether you prefer your snack to be sweet or savory, there’s a tasty filled bun option for you! Check out this list of some of our favorite types of Japanese breads.