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Burmese Food and Beyond

Hello there, and welcome if you were sent here by Grace Dent's recent review of Lahpet in the Evening Standard Magazine!
If you would like to know more about Burmese Food and Culture, please browse via the tabs above - the archives go back to 2009.
These days I am mainly found on Facebook running Burmese Food and Beyond - a community which I update on a daily basis with the help of Burmese friends and family.
I can also be found on Twitter as @meemalee and @BurmeseBeyond.
I will be reviving this blog soon as well, hopefully starting with a review of The Shan State, London's newest Burmese restaurant. 
Thanks for dropping by!
MiMi

Totoro Cream Puffs - Shirohige's Cream Puff Factory, Tokyo

I've always loved the Studio Ghibli film My Neighbour Totoro and now that I have a two year old daughter, I love it even more since we watch it together.

So when we went on holiday to Japan last month, I made it my mission to take her to Totoro's Bakery.

What my daughter calls Totoro's Bakery is actually known as Shirohige Cream Puff Factory. It was set up in 2008 by a baker whose nickname is Shiro Hige ie White Beard.

Hayao Miyazaki, the founder of Studio Ghibli and the director of My Neighbour Totoro even created a pig-nosed character for Shirohige which appears in various guises throughout the bakery.


I've read that Miyazaki's family actually own the bakery, and indeed the "About Us" page on their website states that the President is Kyoko Miyazaki so this may well be the case.



The bakery recently moved to new premises in Setagayadaita and so we trekked out using trusty Google maps.

It's tucked away in a quiet, residential street and at first …