Anniversary Sale
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Newest omiyage (gift) in the Akabori household from Japan: green tea Baumkuchen from a patisserie in Dojima, Osaka called Mon Chouchou. From the website, it looks like it is a relatively new shop (2003), that takes its inspiration from the old world of Osaka, calling Dojima the "New York of Japan."

Of course the most immediately noteworthy trait to any Japanese omiyage is the packaging- this bright orange box actually had this brown ribbon tied around it. Take a look- the perfectly color-coordinated ribbon also has the company namesake printed on it. This is what I live for! PACKAGING WHORE!

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Open up the box and the lovefest continues. The green from the cake's matcha is just so strikingly gorgeous. The color combination here: the bright UMAMIMART orange, brown and green- GENIUS!

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There is a Mon Chouchou message inscribed into the lid of the box in gold. Something about enjoying the sweets, blah blah. Nothing earth-shattering, but nice touch. Plus the gold sticker in the middle of the Baumkuchen hole!

FRIGGIN' BEAUTIFUL! I wrote about Baumkuchen back in November when I was in Japan- there seems to be a revival going on over there right now for this European sweet, originally from Eastern Europe. It's made on a spit!

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I don't really know how to serve this properly so have just been cutting them up into diagonals. The cake is dense and slightly sweet. The matcha overpowers everything, but in a good way. It breaks apart in your mouth in layers, just like the cake intends- it really is quite an textural experience above all else.

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Hideko's gonna kill me- she only got one piece! Sorry mama!!! I'll move out soon, and leave your omiyage alone, I promise!!

MON CHOUCHOU
Tanaka Bldg. 1-4-17 Dojimahama
Kitaku, Osaka City
T: +81 6-6343-1616