Today we have a random day off in the middle of the week thanks to 春分の日 (spring equinox day). So I thought I’d share some highlights from Kokoro, our mom ‘n pop bread shop down the street that means “heart” (and is represented by that character at the top). I briefly mentioned their tasty pita bread in a previous post but wanted to show what we typically pick up every Wednesday for lunch. Actually, this last Wednesday our friendly bread lady informed us that they will be closing for a month because her husband is having surgery. They were clearing everything out so unfortunately some of our usual suspects weren’t available – like the baguette rolls enveloping half a boiled potato topped with a drizzle of mayonnaise that hardens into a crispy salty topping. And our favorite – the curried cabbage hotdog, a Japanese take on sauerkraut, I guess. So alas, we’re without Kokoro for 30 days. Until then, you can ponder these pictures.
This one is a ham and cheese baguette. Perfectly crisp on the outside and soft and fluffy in the middle:
A croquette sandwich on a bed of cabbage in a fluffy white roll. Think mashed potato balls encrusted with crunchy panko breadcrumbs. The sandwich is drizzled with a tangy brown sauce that’s reminiscent of Worcestershire:
This is curry pan, a soft bun filled with curry paste (made from a curry roux) and topped with a sprinkling of panko:
We’ll call this one a curry-hotdog bear claw, because it has the same tasty toes that you instinctively want to eat first. But the best part is the crispy cheese and cracked black pepper on top:
There’s the hotdog baked in the “toes” along with curry paste:
And of course, something sweet. This is the closest I’ve come to eating a maple bar in Japan, my #1 favorite donut. It’s a sugared sweet roll swirled with maple:
Thanks for joining us for lunch. We’ll do it again when Kokoro reopens in May 🙂