Ok for those of you who don't know... I use to live in Japan. I lived in Okinawa for 6 years and the mainland (Yokosuka) for 5 years. I pretty much grew up there BUT on military bases... thats right, i'm a military brat!! growing up you don't really appreciate the culture and the langage, the history which is sad cuz looking back i wish i had been more interested in those things.... HOWEVER i did appreciate the people, and the stores and food. (please don't ask me how to speak Japanese, its been over 5 years and i lived on the bases where the Japanese people spoke english anyway!)
ANYWAY, i loved the food! the food was wonderful! and out of everything i miss that the most... I remember i would walk off base and toward the mall and see all the wonderful restaraunts and bakeries, small markets and 7-11 stores... and every now and then there would be a food truck selling MELON PAN!!! just like the food trucks in the US selling icecream or tacos or something.... the ones in Japan sell melon pan! Now contrary to popular belief, melon pan does not taste like melon. the reason its called 'melon' is for the design it has that resembles a melon. the taste can be any type of flavore really like strawberry, apple, chocolate.
Now i've been away from Japan for a number of years now and i was missing this particular food. I remember how the trucks sold them hot and fresh and steam would spew out when you ripped the bread apart. It was very sweet and VERY soft inside like how bread should be! SO, i decided to look it up and good ol' youtube showed me a number of possiblilities! I decided to use "Cooking with Dog" cuz well... they make pretty darn good videos and its all japanese cuisine! Now i've actually made this about 3 times but the first two attempts i messed up on ingredients or something. 3's a charm though! or so i thought...
These came out looking PERFECT!!! BETTER then i could have hoped for! followed the directions to a T! especially after having messed up twice before and being very irritated with having to make it a third time. I have to say they are NOT what i remember... they tasted more like dry regular bread and the cookie crust was not sweet much. for having come out looking beautiful the taste was very lacking. it didn't even have that softness that fresh baked bread has. and i've made bread by hand before! If i were to make these again i would put some sort of pudding mix into the bread to give it more flavor, i would also use salted butter rather then unsalted... this is for the bread and the cookie crust. and perhaps let it rise longer.
if interested in trying this recipe by "Cooking with dog" on youtube: [link]