Hiroshima, a city in Japan that may or may not ring a bell (depending on how much attention you pay in Social Studies classes back in school), outside of its dark days, has its vibrant and thriving moments. Back in 1933, Hattendo, a confectionery shop, started contributing to those moments.
As with many Japanese products, and in line with their well-known work culture, they always strive to produce the best quality and put utmost priority to attention to detail. This is reflected from their resolve to make the bread, prepare the cream, and finally wrap the cream buns, all with their hands rather than machines. Further, as it would be costly to have the products “made in Japan”, they spent months and countless trials to perfect the taste with produce sourced locally.
The final result is, think freshly-baked pillowy, really soft and smooth artisanal bread texture, generously filled with oozing rich, full-bodied yet fluffy and light in texture flavoured cream, served chilled. It makes for a perfect snack on a sweltering midday. The buns come in five flavours: Whipped Cream, Custard, Chocolate, Azuki Bean and Matcha, sold at $2.50 each. From time to time, they also have limited edition flavours (like the Premium Acacia Honey just last week; check out their Facebook page for updates).
The outlet boasts a high-ceiling, casually minimalist design, and is able to accommodate 40 dining-in patrons. If you are in the mood to complete the afternoon snack experience, you may fancy ordering their coffee; an original blend created and roasted by Itsuki Coffee in Miyajima itself.