Japanese Buns = Dirty Ice Cream Pandesal Combo
I tasted the Japanese buns and I remembered an episode of Andrew Zimmern where he went to the Philippines and tried the dirty ice cream + pandesal combo. He was not impressed but the Japanese are doing it also so I guess we did something right.
Hattendo have 7 flavors to choose from, Custard, Whipped Cream, Matcha, Azuki Sweet Bean, Chestnut, Mango and Chocolate. Each flavor uses the same chewy and sweet outer bun. Unlike other cream infused breads, these Japanese Buns don’t skimp on the filling. They have more filling than the bun and it’s pretty good.
As per their site, “they are a brand new concept and a food that is truly one-of-a-kind in the world – a hybrid of “sweets” and “bread” that tastes great when chilled. Nobody else can make a cream bun that is as perfect as ours. We are delighted to share this happiness, made from the finest ingredients and our passion for perfection, with the people of the world.”
However, upon tasting, it is underwhelming and not value for money. I tried Matcha and Chocolate Buns. Price to taste ratio is low.
Underwhelming and Expensive
For PHP100 a piece (promo price, SRP is P118), these are expensive given that the taste is not that mind blowing (These are made in Japan so they are shipped here on a regular basis. Shipping from Japan = expensive). If these were cheaper, I would gladly buy again.
I tried Hattendo Japanese Buns in the SM Megamall Fashion Hall but they have other branches in Rockwell and SM Mall of Asia (SM MoA).
Final Verdict :
Price to Taste Ratio – 1/5
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