Soft, fluffy and light as a cloud, Japanese milk bread – or shokupan – is a big deal on Tokyo's bakery scene. It may look like your average loaf of bread but there's a clear difference in taste and texture.
Explore Tokyo these days and you'll find many cafés and bakeries dedicated to turning out hundreds of these fluffy white loaves daily. Tokyoites are enjoying shokupan in a variety of ways, too, both savoury and sweet: eating it plain, toasted or as a sandwich. Here, we take a closer look at what makes shokupan so popular and list some of our favourite café-bakeries for full- and half-loaves as well as slices.
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