Taste the croissants you have to pre-order at Mos Burger.
When it comes to fast food burgers in Japan, foreign chains like McDonald’s and Burger King have an undeniably strong presence. Consistently at or near the top of popularity polls, however, is Mos Burgerthe national burger chain known for being a bit more expensive than its rivals, but well worth the price.
These days, Mos is trying another culinary import: some croissants! And no, we’re not talking about some kind of sandwich with a sliced croissant replacing the bun, but the croissant-shaped baked goods themselves.
We didn’t know Mos had gotten into the croissant game until our Japanese-speaking reporter K.Masami was walking past his local Mos Burger branch and saw a sign out front saying, “Orders for croissants are now being taken.” It’s because you can’t just walk in, ask them, and walk out. You must place your order in advancethen come back for them on the second or fourth Friday of the month.
It’s a bit complicated, but luckily you can place your order online so you don’t have to make two trips. What really convinced us to bother pre-ordering croissants, however, is the fact that this is a joint project between Mos and Yamazaki cookingthe same team that produced the incredible pain au chocolat we devoured in the spring.
Mos offers two kinds of croissants, one filled with chocolate and the other with anko (sweet red bean paste), available in a pack of two of the same flavor for 500 yen (US$3.50). That means we had to buy a total of four croissants to try both flavors, but it’s hard to find a more compelling reason for the research expense than eating multiple desserts.
If you are extremely hungry or completely lacking in willpower, you can tear open the wrapper and start eating the croissant right away. However, the official name is “The crescent that will be reborn if you have a minute to wait.” Mos recommends that your croissant spend this minute in your toaster oven, being reheated and “annealed”.
And Masami was glad she took that advice. When she opened the door of her toaster oven again, a tantalizing aroma of butter escaped. Even better, the time spent in the toaster oven had both given the croissant a crispy outer layer. and turned her chocolate filling into a core of sweet, gooey delight.
The anko croissant was equally exceptional, blending eastern and western culinary components in a way as deftly delicious as Mos Burger’s rice burgers and sake shakes.
Mos’s croissants are so good that having to buy them in packs of two almost feels like something they decided for our good, as it’s a dining experience worth repeating. The chances of doing so will be limited, however, as The Crescent Who Will Reborn If You Have A Minute To Wait is a limited time item and will only be available until November 25, with online orders can be placed here.
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