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‘Panbo’ pancakes on a stick is newest food fixation in Japan

/ 07:32 PM March 16, 2017
Panbo Osaka Kawaii street sign

Image: Twitter/@panbo_osaka

A new trend is making its way around Japan. It’s something that westerners will be familiar with but would never think of eating it the way the Japanese do.

The dish is called “Kushi Pancake” or “Skewered Pancake” and it comes from the fairly recently opened Osaka Kawaii Panbo, reports RocketNews24.

Panbo Map

Image: Instagram/@panbo_osaka

The shop is located in the Shinsaibashi district, on the western side of Osaka. They generally focus on incorporating “kawaii” or “cute” food stuff into Osaka’s food culture.


Their dish is basically composed of miniature pancakes skewered on a stick and interspaced with slices of fruit and marshmallows. It actually looks similar to a kebab.

Panbo menu

Image: Twitter/@panbo_osaka

Kushi Pancakes come in two sizes, the “Mini Panbo” that has three mini pancakes, and the “Tall Panbo” which has five pancake pieces.

Each “Panbo” serving is constructed by a staff and then handed over to the customer on a holder for their choice of toppings and a range of sauces.

Panbo Osaka 03

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Panbo osaka 02

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Panbo Osaka 04

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Panbo Osaka 05

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Customers can go crazy in customizing their “Panbo” with no restrictions on sauces and topings. Some of the sauce options include raspberry, chocolate, honey, maple syrup and custard, to name a few.

A Tall Panbo retails for 800 yen (roughly P350) while the Mini sells for 600 yen (roughly P270). Since the store’s opening last February 20, happy customers have been sharing pictures of their creations on social media.

Panbo share 01

Image: Instagram/@emunorachi

Panbo share 02

Image: Instagram/@tiosongshi

Panbo Share 03

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If you ever plan to go on a food trip in Osaka, don’t forget to stop by the Panbo shop for some pancakes-on-a-stick. Alfred Bayle/JB

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