ハニトスト! Honey Toast!

You know it’s a good weekend when there’s Karaoke, and last weekend involved not one but TWO trips to Pasela. Pasela seems to be all the rage in Tokyo right now, and they have a huge selection of songs, with entire books devoted both to Foreign songs and Anime Songs and some 300,000 Japanese songs to boot.

But the real draw, for me, is the Honey Toast. In Japan they seem to have realized that white bread is practically cake anyway, and you might as well run with it. Think sweet and syrupy like French Toast, but minus the egg and with extra ice cream and various delicious toppings.

First take half a loaf of white bread, which tends to be blockier and square-er here, and toast it. Score the top to make toast fingers, then drown it in honey, syrup and butter. Add ice cream, fruity toppings, chocolate, nuts, whipped cream, pretty much anything goes. They even have a super-sized “Birthday” version, an entire loaf, costing over 3000 Yen. It’s totally on my list of things try before I die (that may kill me in the process!)

This particular delicious monstrosity was “Fresh Caramel” Honey Toast, so there was a lovely caramel mousse on top of vanilla ice cream, as well as condensed (caramelized?) milk and a few extra scoops of ice cream. It was fan-freaking-tastic, and though I can’t eat a whole one by myself (a friend claims his lady is capable)  just looking at it makes me crave it again!

What do you think, insane, or insanely delicious? It’s one of those beautiful examples of “Western” food (white bread and ice cream aren’t exactly traditional Japanese foods) that I can’t imagine existing in the West. Has anyone seen one of these outside of Japan?

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17 Responses to ハニトスト! Honey Toast!

  1. In Shibuya there’s a shop that sells this but they make it look like Hachiko! I’ve never eaten it, but it’s super cute to look at~

  2. Haikugirl says:

    Insane… and I really want to try one before I go home and start my diet! LOL! ;)

  3. NTG says:

    I betcha I could do it. I wonder if someone would be willing to take me up on that bet… if I lose, I pay for it, but if I win, they pay!

    Of course, no matter how much lactaid I took, I’d pay for it later either way, I bet.

  4. kalidor says:

    Hmm, we don’t have this variation of it, but in Hungary you often see sliced bread, toasted or not, with butter and honey for breakfast. We also use it as a home remedy for sore throats and it tends to really sooth the pain if you use good quality honey.

    (There is a reason the Egyptians started using honey in medical dressings in antiquity…)

    • Mmm, that sounds like a delicious breakfast! A twitter friend said this business sounded more like breakfast food, too. Also, I love honey on a sore throat, though I usually put it in tea, or eat plain with lemon juice! Also, thanks for commenting! Yay for Kalidor comments! :D

  5. Katherine Kim says:

    I have a new recipe to work out now… >_>

  6. Allie says:

    I think honey toast was just starting to get popular the last time I was in Japan and I was dying to try some but never got a chance! After reading your description, though, I definitely have to get some next time I’m there~

  7. Yuki says:

    Waa, Tabetai! Oishii ne! It’s SO Japaneseie, though, I’ve never heard of anything like it in America. Although I wish I had! Omoshiroi ne.

  8. Kaori says:

    I used to devour this with my girlfriends in college! Yum ;D

  9. Haf says:

    I’ve tried this about two years ago in Matsuyama. I felt quite full and a bit stuffed afterwards, but it was really good!

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