Inside Neko Neko Shokupan, Japan’s Kawaii Cat Bread Bakery

Source: Gaijin Pot

Japan’s Neko Neko Shokupan bakery has changed the game with its cat-shaped bread. Why get an average loaf of boring bread when there’s a much more adorable version with kitty ears? Time to start the day “feline good.”

Photo: Shelley Smith
Neko Neko Shokupan literally means cat, cat bread.

The shop is actually just a corner inside Heart Bread Antique, a larger chain bakery found all over Japan operated by the All Hearts Company Co. Though Heart Bread Antique shops can be found everywhere, only select locations have a Neko Neko Shokupan outlet inside.

I meow, you meow, we all meow for cat bread

The cat-shaped loaves are not just loved because they’re super kawaii, but also for their slightly-sweet flavor and pillow-like softness. At first, I was totally in it just for the novelty of it all, but the bread was surprisingly tasty (even though I burnt it in the toaster, whoops). It’s made with Japanese-grown wheat flour, milk, and honey, giving it a delicious, mild sweetness.

The internet went a little crazy when this adorable chain finally opened a shop in Tokyo, but unfortunately, the shop is a bit unremarkable and hard to access.

The bread slices themselves are super thick with a texture similar to a moist sponge cake. It comes in four flavors: plain, chocolate, cheese, and sweet red bean. They also occasionally announce special seasonal flavors, so it’s worth keeping an eye out on their Instagram.

Photo: Shelley Smith
It goes purr-fectly with some jam and tea!

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