Food Tales



A box of these banana beauties landed on my lap again about a week ago. A student of mine was off to Japan with her family and I unabashedly asked her if she can get me a box of the famed Tokyo Bananas when she stumbled upon one. Of course, I was going to pay her. Aside from getting to indulge with my new favourite sweet stuff my student said there was no need to pay even though I insisted. More than a week came and went, and I finally managed to sink my teeth into a new flavour, Banana milkshake, which is reminiscent of the caramel ones I had several weeks ago. The custard begins with a banana taste and ends on a note of caramel. Beautiful tumble on the palate!

Aside: I was told you can buy it online, but I was never a fan of online shopping. The palate adventure begins, I find, is knowing that it’s not that ubiquitous thus preserving its appeal. It does not become just another commonplace sweet as a red velvet cupcake or rainbow cake.



Food Tales



I first caught a whiff of these beauties from an Instagram shot of one of my students. It took me a while to fully understand that it was a chiffon cake shaped into a cute banana and filled with custard. It was because she just took a picture of the box. Then other photos started showing up on Instagram. Just my luck, it’s not available anywhere except for Japan. But luck was on my side this January. One of my layovers from a trip to Los Angeles was Narita. I had more than an hour to kill so I went around the departure lounge area. I had nearly forgotten about these babies when my eyes serendipitously fell on a display counter brimming with boxes of Tokyo Bananas in three variants.  Naturally, I got all three of the flavors – original, chocolate brownie, and caramel. Sweet! Beautiful! Scrumptious! And it didn’t bore a hole in my wallet – three boxes only totaled ¥3,500 or IDR408, 968.

the chocolate brownie version of the Tokyo Banana
the one with the caramel filling
the original flavor or the one with the custard filling