Fact of the week
Credit to Research Team: Nurul Husna
Asakusa Kagetsudo Honten, Melon Pan!
First of all, time to get our facts straight: “melon pan” are melon in appearance only! The chinese, who are more familiar with pineapples, call them “pineapple-bun” with the Mexicans call them “concha” because to them it looks more like a shell. Even though some places in Japan have started add melon flavour to them, the original recipe contains only milk and butter, and this is what Kagetsudo’s jumbo melon pan tastes like.
For many years, Kagetsudo was a small place located near Sensoji Temple. Recently, it moved to four different locations all over Asakusa in the Tokyo prefecture. All of the shops have a 1950s atmosphere of the old place, with originals advertisements and using the same appliances from the olden days.
The price of Kagetsudo’s melon pan is slightly expensive than the melon pan you can get in any konbini (Japanese convenience stores). The shop sells their melon pan at 200 yen a piece, or 3 pieces for 500 yen. Even though it is pricey, it will be worth your money. There is a perfect balance between sakusaku (Japanese word for crispy) and funwari (Japanese word for fluffy), the explosion of butter and milk aroma and the way the crystallized sugar on the surface disappears after you bite into it, leaving the exact amount of sweetness that cannot be found in any konbini melon pan.
So next time when you head down to Tokyo, make sure you try Kagetsudo’s melon pan!