Hello from Sapporo

KAI Magazine Editors' notes on how to best enjoy Hokkaido!

Off to the bakery!

By Yukitaka Ida
PUBLISHED September 7, 2016


In addition to regular sliced bread, there are a wide variety of types of bread in Japan. For example, popular Japanese sandwiches might be filled with foods such as yakisoba or croquettes. There are also pizza-like breads topped with meat, vegetables, and cheese. These hearty breads can be a whole meal in themselves. On the other hand, bread filled with sweet red bean jam or cream, cake-like steamed bread, and Danish pastries are some examples of dessert breads.
Just like other foods, each region of Japan has their own special types. When you visit Hokkaido, I recommend to search the baker’s shelves for chikuwa pan. Chikuwa is a tube-shaped fish cake, which is stuffed with tuna salad and baked into a bun to produce a “fish in a blanket”. This treat was invented at a bakery in Sapporo, and has spread through various regions of Hokkaido as a bakery favorite.
Please take a look -- and a taste -- for yourself!

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