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

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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.


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