Shokupan literally seems to translate to “Bread to Eat.” Shoku means meals or to eat, and Pan is the Japanese-ified french “Pain.” It’s this thick, light, pillowy wonderful bread that is so much more substantial than American white bread. I never understood the concept of American white bread… compared to Shokupan. Why didn’t the Americans just catch on and make bread like this?
My mother would always get this at the Japanese market. The best way of eating this pillowy bread is with butter. Toast it, put some butter, and it transforms the morning toast. It is slightly sweet, toasty outside and chewy inside. Delicious.
I splurged on some bread last weekend at Sunrise Market and I’ve been enjoying it every morning.