【 コッペパン ・koppepan 】long roll
コッペパン (koppepan) is a long roll sliced in half, similar to a hot dog bun used for sandwiches like 焼きそばパン (yakisobapan). コッペ is believed to have come from the French word coupé (cut, sliced); パン comes from pão, "bread" in Portuguese.
Koppepan has been a standard in 給食 (kyūshoku) Japanese school meals since the early Showa-era. For many people コッペパン is 懐かしい (natsukashii), it brings back fond memories of their school days. Maybe it comes from nostalgia—lately, コッペパン bakeries and stands are a growing trend in Tokyo. えびすぱん (Ebisupan) in Ebisu is one of them specializing in koppepan sandwiches.
Ebisupan has about a dozen tempting sweet and savory koppepan sandwiches to choose from—peanut cream, strawberry jam with whipped cream, honey milk cream with roasted walnuts, tonkatsu, curry, salmon with sour cream, to name a few—as well as side soups, salads and drinks for a complete lunch set.
Their best-sellers are タマゴ (tamago; egg) and あんこマスカルポーネ (anko masukarupōne; whipped mascarpone and sweet red bean paste).
Their original koppepan, made of all-natural yeast, is extra soft and ふわふわ (fuwafuwa) fluffy with a delicate sweetness that goes well with both sweet or savory fillings. It is like no other koppepan, much more than a hot dog bun.
Light, creative and おいしい! One savory and one sweet koppe sandwich is the way to go.
1F, 1-23-16 Ebisu, Shibuya-ku Tokyo
(Five-minute walk from Ebisu Station)