Ode to (an)Pan

How do I love thee? Let me count the ways. One *bite* *chew chew chew* Actually. I’m finding it hard to create an actual ode. Reminiscing about that first bite into the soft, soft bread is enough to make my brain stop. Ah Anpan. You make my heart stop.

Anpan Love

I first learned of Anpan from various anime I’ve seen. People of all ages seemed to love this anko (red bean paste) filled bun. Still, the idea wasn’t something I found particularly appetizing. I did grow up eating hopia, a dense red bean paste-filled pastry after all, so the idea of anpan wasn’t too interesting.

Still, when I saw packs of mini-Anpan selling at PhP40 for 3 pieces at Hatchin Grocery, I figured, what the heck and decided to try it. Because I was particularly hungry, I grabbed a piece as soon as I got back in the car.

Anpan Love

I was expecting to bite into bread that was a bit sweet. Instead, I bit into a soft, soft bun with a very slightly crusty top. Flavorful grains that looked like poppy seeds, only lighter, dotted the top. The bread was light and was just a tiny bit salty, reminiscent of dinner rolls, rather than sweet breads. And the insides, it was filled with gooey soft bean paste that resonated with a distinct red bean flavor. It was not too sweet, nor was it cloying. It was a delicious bean flavor that was moist and lingered on your tongue. No dry hopia textures here, just delightful flavors that was softly moist, pleasantly complementing each other.

Did I like it? Do you really need to ask?

Images owned by Clarissa Ines. Used with permission.

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9 Responses to Ode to (an)Pan

  1. Mila says:

    Interesting! I like red and green bean pastes in bread, haven’t seen them at Hatchin’s before, so I’ll have to make a trip out there.

  2. toni says:

    They look interesting! Like happy little puffy flowers. 😀

  3. Lisa says:

    I keep wanting to comment but all I can think of is to call you a big ol’ meanie. That looks so good.

  4. aoitenshi says:

    Man that looks good!!! I want! :O

  5. kaoko says:

    I haven’t tried green bean paste in bread. What’s it like?

    And they’re so happy in my tummy! 😀

    I may be a meanie…but I’m a happy meanie. 😛

    Buy! Buy! Buy!

  6. Linda says:

    i’m obsessed with just about anything red bean related!

  7. Nightfall says:

    I love Anpan! Happily for me there is a local bakery that actually makes this. Melon Pan too! In fact, I really should go get some tonight on my way home…

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