So, when i came across a photo of these adorable totoro cream puffs from Tokyo, I knew that eating them was going to be an item on my Japan travels bucketlist.
After a few Google searches, I pinpointed the bakery that sold them as Shiro Hige.
It's located a bit away from the main touristy area of Tokyo and is a small cafe hidden on corner of a suburban neighborhood. It might be a bit difficult to find, but you can recognize it by a little sign up front with a painting of its totoro cream puffs.Once you enter, you'll notice that there are 2 stories. The first floor is a bakery shop where you can buy baked goods and take them with you.
They have things other than cream puffs, such as little totoro cookies and whatnot. The second floor hosts a small cafe where you can order meals.
The cream puffs are also on the cafe menu, but there is an additional fee for eating them in house.
Since the place is small yet popular, I would recommend looking into reservations beforehand. I didn't know and just showed up on the spot.
The waitress who greeted me asked if I had a reservation. All of the spots were taken, but fortunately, there was one table outside the small terrace.
She offered to let me sit out there if I didn't mind the summer heat. I came all the way here to eat, so I accepted it. It was a bit weird because I was
outside the cafe all by myself, but the workers were extremely kind and would steal peeks at me every once in a while to make sure I was ok. They also spoke minimal English, and there is English on the menu so that you don't have to worry too much about language barriers.Most of the items on the lunch menu were pasta. The items were a bit pricy and come in very small portion sizes. (It was perfect for me and enough to make me full,
but I'm notorious among my friends for eating a few spoonfuls of food and saying that I can't possibly take another bite of food.)
I ordered a creamy pasta which cost somewhere around $10. It came out on a small plate, but I have to admit that it was quite delicious.
The totoro cream puffs come in several flavors: custard, matcha with red bean, sakura, chocolate, etc. They ranged about 480 - 500 yen each. It's a bit pricy for a cream puff, but they are a decent size, and I was willing to pay that much if it was shaped like a totoro. To be honest, if it didn't look like totoro, I probably wouldn't have paid that much for a cream puff lol.
I ended up ordering one custard and one matcha. You can differentiate the flavors by the different decorations totoro wears on his head.
I'd have to admit that these were the cutest and most delicious cream puffs I ever had. They were light with lots of filling which was smooth, creamy, and not too sweet. I'd have to say that my favorite one out of the two was the matcha one.I was travelling alone so I took my totoro plushie as a companion/ tourguide.
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