Bread Koppepan Main dish Yamazaki

Japanese war time food, Koppepan is cost-benefit performance for hungry middle class stomach & purse

French origin name bread

This is hot dog bun, called “Koppepan” in Japanese. this name is from French language, “coupé pain”.

coupé pain > Koppepan

This is because French pronounciation is too difficult for Japanese. Maybe French should change their language pronounciation system for Japanese people.

War time food in Japan

poor war time japanese children eat Koppepan because we must save money to make weapon to beat USA at that time.

anyway, this style bread, Koppepan is invented during WWII. In the war time, government ration foods. This shape seem to be convenient at that time.

after that, school provided lunch service keep providing this bread.

So almost all Japanese people fed up Koppepan. Every each bite of Koppepan remind us painful war time or boring school time.

But this is sadly favorite food for middle class Japanese because it’s cheap. or exactly saying, it’s good volume comparing to price.

Yes, Koppepan is very good cost-benefit performance for hungry middle class Japanese stomach and purse.

Basic Koppepan is just bread without any seasoning or something. But this Koppepan is sandwiching margarine & Jam.
It means this is delux type Koppepan. There are lots of different Koppepan version. For example, croquette, Yakisoba noodle, Chocolate cream etc..
Someday I will show you other version Koppepan for you.








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Basic data

Product Name Koppepan (Jam & Margarine version)
Generic name Bread
Recepie Jam & Margarine sandwiched bread
Price JPY105-(You can check your country currency value by currency converter of within this site.)
Brand Yamazaki
Taste Bread is too simple taste, Jam & margarine become accesnt.
Food texture Very soft bread.
Comment Koppepan is cheap. this is not fashionable. If Japanese people see you eating it, they think you are not cool. But don’t mind. Lots of people eat Koppepan in secret.
Bread Main dish

Curry bread (Curry pan) is popular Japanese food for middle class.

Delicious but cheap, ideal middle class food

One of the most popular bread in Japan is “Curry bread”(called Curry pan in Japanese), or I can say one of the most popular curry is Curry bread. Strangely, bread is not Japanese food and curry is not neither Japanese food. But Curry bread is Japanese food.

The reason why so curry bread is popular is that it’s very delicious.

Interesting point is this is not like a bread. if you are first time to see it, you must to recognise is as croquette. or nobody get angry if we change it’s name to curry croquette. or we should have named it as curry croquette. Maybe the Japanese who make curry bread confuse bread and croquette, and mistakingly start to call it curry bread (curry pan).

But name is not our interest. if it’s cheap and delicious, we don’t care name. Most important thing here is that we must know the existence of curry bread that is similar to croquette.

If you don’t notice curry bread and lost the chance to buy curry bread, it means that you lost very important Japanese middle class food culture experience.

Life is short and money is limited, Curry bread is very cost effective Japanese food. When you come to Japan, go to find curry bread and try it.

This is curry bread !


there are lots of explanation in backside. but don’t care it. don’t affraid to eat it.

it is better to memorise the telephone number on backside.
If dead insect in curry bread, this telephone number is what call to.


Before eating curry bread, don’t gorget to slip out vnyl package. you cannot eat it. just throw away.


What a beautiful looking. but if you have no knowlege about curry bread, you will mistake it as croquette.


this is after biting it.


this is inside of curry bread.


Deep brown color is curry. Curry is always seem to be excretory substance.
but taste is good.


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Basic data

Product Name Curry pan
Generic name Bread
Recepie Deep fried bread, curry inside
Price JPY116-(You can check your country currency value by currency converter of within this site.)
Brand Shikishimaseipan
Taste Out side is mild but inside is spice.
Food texture Bit oily
Comment You can find out curry bread in almost all grocery store, and lots of company make curry bread. avarage price is about 1 dollar. I recommend it to eat it.