Comma, Coffee is a popular sweets cafe located near West Tokyo's Hibarigaoka Station. Among the vairous sweet and delicious treats that the shop serves, the 'Castella Pancake' stands out as one of the most unique and scrumptious treats. We gave it a try!
A fluffy pancake has to be one of the most comforting foods there is. There's a cafe in West Tokyo's Hibarigaoka that serves a pancake so fluffy that it looks like it came straight out of a storybook. Read on to find out more about how the huge pancake is made!
Comma, Coffee is a popular cafe located 10 minutes by bus from Hibarigaoka Station. The cafe utilizes fresh seasonal fruit to make delicious sweets and serves delicious, fragrant coffee.
Apparently, most of the customers who visit the cafe order the shop's legendary 'Castella Pancake,' which grew famous thanks to Instagram, and is now ordered 130 times per day! Weekends are so popular that a long line forms outside of the cafe, filled with people just waiting to get their hands on a giant, fluffy pancake.
The Pancake That Takes 30 Minutes to Prepare
'Castella Pancake' ¥900 (tax included)
The pancake is beautiful to look at, and you can tell that it's going to be delicious the moment that it's carried to your table. On top of the plume of pancake overflowing from the edges of the skillet sits a comically large pad of butter, which melts beautifully into the cake.
The pancake was supposedly born from the desire to "make a pancake like the ones in picture books." The Castella pancake served here definitely captures that image, and is beautifully fluffy and cooked carefully for 30 minutes in the oven to ensure a wonderful texture.
The ingredients used to make the pancake are very simple, consisting of just eggs, milk, sugar, and flour. In order to perfectly capture that picture book image, no other seasonings or toppings are added, giving a simple and classic look.
Taking a bite of the fluffy pancake reveals a lovely sweetness from the batter and a warm, toasty aroma. The pad of butter melts beautifully, adding a lovely mellow flavor and scent.
The pancake is tasty enough to eat as is but is lovely when spread with the melting butter. If you want to up the sweetness, there is also syrup which can be added as you eat. The amazing thing about this pancake is that it is soft enough to eat with a spoon! No knife is even needed.
Making the Castella Pancake
We were lucky enough to get to see the making of the amazing Castella Pancake in the kitchen! First, a meringue is added to the cafe's special batter of egg, milk, sugar, and flour.
The mixture is then poured into a cast-iron skillet and baked in the oven for 10 minutes.
After the first 10 minutes of baking, the pancake is pulled from the oven and sliced across the top with a knife. This helps the heat from the oven cook evenly, all the way to the center of the pancake.
Finally, the pancake is cooked for a further 10 minutes in the oven before being taken out and topped with a pad of butter and a sprinkle of sugar. The finished pancake is incredibly fluffy, just like a picture-perfect storybook pancake.
Going Right After the Cafe Opens is the Best Way to Avoid a Line!
If you're thinking of heading to Comma, Cafe to try out this awesome pancake for yourself, we recommend visiting right after the cafe opens (on weekdays), or between 4 and 6 pm (on weekends) to avoid a long line.