September 03

Cheese Doughnut Surprise

Next time I’m tempted to be lazy about reading the Japanese descriptions of seasonal specialties, I’ll remember today’s “Creamy Cheese” doughnut experience.

I was stuck doing errands around Ikebukuro Station way past lunchtime, and that powdered sugar-dusted doughnut with cream cheese filling looked too good to pass up. I bit into it and thought hmm, not quite what I expected.

I looked up the description later and discovered why: “Gouda cheese is added to mascarpone cheese for a rich filling with deep flavor. It is finished with cream cheese powder and parmesan cheese.” Eek.

Jonelle Patrick is the author of the Only In Tokyo mystery series, published by Penguin/Intermix.