Bean Pasta with Salty Milk… Tortilla? Japanese bakery adds a surprise to its cake section

A new gift that has everyone talking.

There are a number of bakery chains in Japan that limit their stores to a specific prefecture, and further south in Fukuoka Prefecture on the island of Kyushuyou will find a famous local chain of bakeries called Shiroya.

Interestingly, if you were to ask a local what they would recommend buying in Shiroya, they would probably reply with “tortillas“. That’s the answer our reporter Masanuki Sunakoma got when he visited the region recently, and he wasted no time checking it out.


After heading to the nearest branch, Masanuki leaned over and looked through the window, searching for the word “オムレット” (“omelette”). It didn’t take him long to find the tortilla sign, but oddly enough, what was behind the sign didn’t look like tortillas at all.

▼ “omelet”

After talking to the staff behind the counter, Masanuki learned that these “omelettes” were actually small cakes containing specially made whipped cream. Shiroya has been making these sweets since 1964, but in the spring of last year, they suddenly shot to fame after fans started talking about them on social media, referring to them as the “Japanese pastry omelette“.

The omelettes usually consist of whipped cream inside a fluffy, airy little cake bag, but what really got everyone’s attention is the new Bean paste omelette with salty milk, which changes the cream for a sweet bean paste instead.

All the tortillas are incredibly well priced, the cream ones cost only 50 yen (0.38 USD) each, although before they were 40 yen each, and before 35 yen. According to staff, the low price means customers tend to buy the tortillas in bulk, with many ordering 10 or 12 at a time.

The Salt Milk Bean Paste variety is a little more expensive, as they are sold in packs of four for 300 yen, making them 75 yen each, but you can see that it’s a notch up in terms of texture and ingredients.

▼ Salted milk bean paste tortilla (left) and tortilla (right)

Masanuki tried the plain omelet first, and though he thought it might taste similar to the cakes he sometimes sees in supermarkets and convenience stores, he was on a completely different playing field. Light and fluffy, the tortilla tasted so fresh she guessed it had just come out of the oven, and the cream was sweet and airy, dissipating quickly on the tongue.

When it came to the new omelette, it was a more mature sweet, with the bean component providing a very Japanese flavor. The milk provided a more subtle alternative to the sweetness of the cream, and the salt added a tantalizing contrast to the overall flavor.

▼ Absolutely delicious!

While both tortillas were served slightly chilled, the bean paste in this one had an added cooling effect, making it perfect for the warmer months. However, it was difficult for Masanuki to choose a favorite, as they were both very well done.

Although they didn’t have the flavor of traditional tortillas, the eggs were still the star of the show, as each batch of dough contains a local brand of high-quality eggs called Mihouran. Premium milk is also a star ingredient, helping to give each cake a moist richness that’s impossible to resist.

Masanuki had only planned to eat two of these pancakes, but in the end they were so light and airy that he ended up eating five in one sitting. If he went through Shiroya again, he would buy 10 of the regular and two packages of salted milk bean paste, which would work out to 1,100 yen for 18 tortillas — a super cheap price for a bag full of delicious cakes.

the “Japanese pastry omeletteit’s a sweet worthy of the acclaim it’s been given, and if Masanuki were a 20-year-old again, he’d definitely be eating these every day…while sporting a kimono and punk hairdo like some of the locals!

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