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It's Like Meat Buns Meet Pancakes

Illustration for article titled Its Like Meat Buns Meet Pancakes
Image: Imuraya

You know meat buns? In Japanese, they’re called nikuman (meat bun) or butaman (pork bun). There are other non-meat versions, like pizza-man and curry-man. Add yet another to that list.

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Behold, hottokeekiman (ホットケーキまん) or “pancake bun”, or “hotcake bun.” These fluffy buns are filled with butter-flavored paste and syrup.

Illustration for article titled Its Like Meat Buns Meet Pancakes
Image: Imuraya
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This brainchild is a collaboration between food company Imuraya, who started making meat buns in the early 1960s, and Morinaga, which is famous for its pancake mix and syrup.

Illustration for article titled Its Like Meat Buns Meet Pancakes
Image: Imuraya

This was an excellent idea.

Originally from Texas, Ashcraft has called Osaka home since 2001. He has authored six books, including most recently, The Japanese Sake Bible.

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DISCUSSION

ClenchMask

I love meat buns. I just wish they filled me up longer. The calorie-to-satisfaction ratio isn’t quite there.

The featured food looks like inverted pancakes. Which sounds amazing.