Monday, April 24, 2017

Hidden Corners: Marukoshi Bakery

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Top row: Curry bun. The bears are filled with cream; the apple is filled with custard and apple chunks.
Bottom row: Cheese and lemon bun, pecan and cheese 

It's been a while since I found a hidden corner worth writing a post about but, trust me when I say this, this is a special one. As you probably know (and you should by now), I love Japan, Tokyo is my favourite city in the world and every time I find something similar or inspired by within the places I frequent, my heart gets filled with joy. Enter Marukoshi Bakery. 

This is a super small bakery in the southern part of Mexico City and it's just a bit larger than a small room, for real. No tables, no place to sit, only baked goods and a counter with a Japanese cashier. It's supposed to be Japanese style bread but even when I don't really think it is, it's still really good. Their specialty is cute bread, they have a Totoro-inspired pastry and bears filled with cream. Those two are pretty hard to get but (although good) they're not my favourites.

If you go there, don't go with a fixed idea of what you want, let yourself be surprised. I personally love the apple bread (filled with custard and big apple chunks), the curry filled bun and the pecan and cheese bread. Every time I'm around the area, this is an obligatory pitstop. The price range goes from 50 cents to a dollar per piece, it's super affordable and it's a really cool culinary experience; I've never tried bread like this. One thing, tho, make sure you eat your pastries within 12 hours, they don't age well, hahaha.

// Ha pasado un buen rato desde que encontré un rincón escondido sobre el que valiera la pena escribir pero, créanme cuando les digo, éste es especial. Como probablemente saben (y ya deberían a estas alturas) amo Japón, Tokyo es mi ciudad favorita en el mundo y cada vez que encuentro algo similar o inspirado en dentro de los lugares que frecuento, mi corazón se llena de dicha. Aquí es donde entra Marukoshi Bakery. 

Es una panadería miniatura en el sur de la ciudad de México, cerca de Coyoacán, y es un poquito más grande que un cuarto pequeño, en serio. No mesas, no lugar para sentarse, sólo cosas horneadas y un mostrador con una cajera japonesa. Se supone que es pan estilo japonés pero aún cuando no creo que lo sea, es realmente bueno. Su especialidad es pan bonito, tienen un pastelito inspirado en Totoro y ositos rellenos de crema. Esos dos son difíciles de conseguir pero (aún cuando son buenos) no son mis favoritos.

Si van ahí, no vayan con una idea fija de lo que quieren, permítanse ser sorprendidos. Personalmente amo el pan de manzana (relleno de crema dulce y pedazos de manzana), el bollo relleno de curry y el pan de nuez con queso. Cada vez que estoy por el área, tengo que hacer una parada obligatoria aquí. El precio va desde menos de diez pesos hasta menos de veinte por pieza, es muy económico y es una experiencia culinaria muy padre; nunca había probado pan así. Una cosa importante es que deben comerse el pan dentro de las 12 horas de compra, si no dejan de estar muy buenos, jajaja.
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Totter bread is chocolate bread filled with cream; next to it is "milk bread" and another apple.
Marukoshi Bakery: Tokio 824, Benito Juárez, Portales Norte, Mexico City.
Zip: 03300.

Love always,


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