Noms: Totoro Cream Puffs 食べる:トトロシュークリーム

I am a big fan of sweets, even though I know I should avoid them. I’m also a huge fan of cute sweets, something that Japan does very well. Enter problem.


Thankfully, in most cases the sweets aren’t that good. Yeah there are a lot that are alright, but usually not good enough to bother with trying again. So in theory, I’m still safe. Until I discovered this:



Yes, that’s right. That’s one of Ghibli’s beloved characters, the chibi Totoro. Small and sweet and… filled with delicious vanilla custard cream. It was love at first bite… sight!



Proof that this is, in fact a Totoro cream puff, and not a real live one that’s just got a bit of a tan.




I felt so bad chopping him in half… Look at his little face! (Note: I felt bad because I had to cut it and share it with YJ, not because I was sawing his face in half.. mwahahah!)




RIP chibi Totoro, you were delicious and if I had the chance I’d eat you again. Nomnomnom…




The cream puff shown here is the vanilla custard one, but there are other flavors including chocolate cream, matcha cream and adzuki beans (seasonal), peach cream (with real peach pieces, highly recommended, also seasonal) and more. They run at around ¥400-¥440 (the seasonal ones tend to be more expensive and can be found at Shiro-Hige’s Cream Puff Factory, nestled in a tiny forested corner located between Shimokitazawa and Setagaya stations. The bakery is quite small, located on the first floor of an old western-style building. The second floor holds Tolo Coffee & Bakery, which also comes highly recommended, with great coffee and decent dinners. Note that the Shiro-Hige bakery is quite small, so take out is recommended. (There’s not really anywhere to eat nearby, as it’s a predominantly residential area.)



2FにあるTolo Coffee & Bakeryも良いところだよ!コーヒーがおいしいし、夕食も贅沢な感じで、デートにぴったり。(*≧∀≦*)


However, one thing to note. If you can, call in advance to either order or reserve some of these adorable critters, because they sell out fast. Like really, really fast.

And my final piece of advice: if you plan to go in the evening, be careful: there are soooooo many mosquitoes hanging around. If you’re particularly susceptible, make sure you’re armed with mosquito spray. I love those Totoro cream puffs, but even I’d hesitate going if I knew I’d lose half my blood content every time I went. T-T




6 responses to “Noms: Totoro Cream Puffs 食べる:トトロシュークリーム”

  1. Hilary says:

    Me, too about sweets! In fact, I mentioned exactly that in my most recent post. Ahhh… love Totoro and would love to sink my teeth into that treat!
    Hilary recently posted…Pukupuku Tai – a sweet, fish-shaped, Japanese treat

  2. So cute!! Almost too cute to eat! Almost!

    I know exactly how this tastes as I have eaten something similar in Taiwan [pic here: http://foreignsanctuary.com/2015/01/28/round-and-circular-photographing-2105-the-fourth-week/ ] There may be whipped cream on the outside, but there is custard on the inside. This was compliments of my mother-in-law. She has a sweet tooth and sometimes buys me things she knows I would like.

    Taiwan is the same way – I have fooled by the way sweets look many times. Sometimes I think I am going to bite into something delicious but find some weird flavor. However, I had taro cake recently (again, compliments of my MIL) and it was surprising delicious!!
    Constance – Foreign Sanctuary recently posted…My Japanese Husband (Still) Thinks I’m Crazy – More than Just a Comic Book [For Me]

  3. Timo says:

    I want I want I want! We actually have something in mind for our sons room related to totoro… (our sons nickname was Totoro..)
    Timo recently posted…Guest Post: Mandarin Phrases and Tradition for Chinese New Year

    • Ri says:

      Awesome! Totoro is the best <3 If/when you come to Japan then this shop and the Ghibli Museum are a must-see I guess. 😉
      Maybe you should visit soonerーthink of all the awesome Totoro stuff you could collect for his room...? 😀

  4. Marta says:

    It look so cute! And yes, it is very uncommon to find something that looks cute and tastes delicious, haha. Here in China once I tried pig-shaped and panda-shaped steamed buns but they were not very good…

    • Aww, the pig and panda-shaped buns sound like such a great idea… But yes, a lot of things don’t work in practice. Especially things dyed blue. (They had some blue steamed buns at Family Mart in Japan once…Whyyyyyy)

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