This Japanese Fruit Sandwich Store In Tokyo Explodes In Popularity, Includes Rare, Expensive Varieties
Luxury fillings you won’t find anywhere else.
Back in late March, before the coronavirus state of emergency was declared in Japan, a small store opened in Tokyo’s trendy Nakameguro district and immediately started selling out of its products.
As the days passed, the queues at the front door grew, and photos of the store’s wares started going viral on the Internet, quickly making it the hottest must-visit destination and the newest best place in the city to get…fruit sandwiches.
The Amaou Sandwich (730 yen or US$6.80) uses “Amaou” strawberries, which are known for being one of the most expensive and sought-after varieties in Japan.
Filled with pieces of fruit and latherings of whipped cream, fruit sandwiches are an iconic Japanese snack, and this particular store stands head and shoulders above its competitors as it was originally founded as a local greengrocer called Daiwa Super (Daiwa Supermarket) in Okazaki City, Aichi Prefecture.
Daiwa has been selling exquisite fruit sandwiches in Okazaki for a while now, using only the freshest ingredients and including some unique options that can’t be found anywhere else.
The Strawberry Daifuku Sandwich (600 yen or US$5.60) uses the Beni Hoppe (“red cheeks”) strawberry, a specialty product from Shizuoka Prefecture which is known for its rich sweetness.
The Tarocco Orange Sandwich (700 yen or US$6.50) packs half a whole orange in between two slices of bread.
The Premium Banana Sandwich (380 yen or US$3.50) might seem ordinary, but the high quality of the fruit was evident upon tasting, and according to the store clerk this is one of their most popular products.
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