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Tokyo Banana – an “Omiyage”

It seems like a lot of my posts are on Japanese food lately. It wasn’t planned that’s for sure. Now after saying that I’m going to talk to you about a Japanese snack/sweet that I was given this week. Hehehe.

A friend of the family went to Japan on vacation and brought us back a box of Tokyo Banana. I have heard about this treat from Japanese foodies on YouTube, but I haven’t ever had the pleasure until now.

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In Japan, souvenirs are known as omiyage (お土産?), and are frequently selected from meibutsu, or products associated with a particular region. Bringing back omiyage from trips to co-workers and families is a social obligation, and can be considered a form of apology for the traveller’s absence. Omiyage sales are big business at Japanese tourist sites. – Wikipedia

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Doesn’t this remind you of Twinkies? Cute little banana shaped Twinkies. Hence the name, this omiyage is a best seller for when visiting Tokyo.

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I didn’t realize until I removed the packaging that the flowers were on the sponge cake. There are a series of Tokyo Banana. Here are some examples of the different kinds.

  • Miitsuketa – fluffy sponge cake filled with banana custard cream
  • Miitsuketa Caramel – caramel colored and flavored sponge cake filled with caramel banana custard
  • Choco Banana – chocolate filled with banana cream

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Our omiyage is the Miitsuketa version. I believe this is the original version, but with lovely floral design. As you can see the little cake has banana custard cream inside. The cake is incredibly light and fluffy. Although it reminds you of a Twinkie, Tokyo Banana is not as dense. The cake is so airy when you bite into it. It’s delicious! After tasting it I don’t think you can compare it to a Twinkie. It may look like it, but it’s completely different.

If you are a banana lover or would like to try Tokyo Banana, but can’t get a hold of the real thing – I’ve posted a video from Create Eat Happy where she shows you how to make the regional Japanese treat. Her recipes are very simple and super cute. Check her out!

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