If you're not familiar with 'shokupan', it's time to get well-acquainted. Because it's a life-changing loaf of bread.
Originating in Japan, shokupan is the soft, fluffy white bread you've seen floating around Instagram and in your dreams late at night.
There aren’t too many places serving up the dreamy loaf here in Perth, so when we heard a shokupan brunch spot opened up in Inglewood we ran right over to check it out.
Introducing Chubby Boy, a cute little hole in the wall cafe serving up epic slabs of fluffy shokupan slathered in tasty toppings.
When you arrive, you’ll notice the crisp white interiors, bright string ceiling lights and cute wall decals, with seating that sprawls out onto the sidewalk. To the left you’ll see the takeaway window, kitchen and counter where you’ll want to head straight over to and ask for a table.
Once seated, prepare yourself for the tough task of choosing what to order. You’ll find sections like Chubby Brick Toast, Fluffy Chubby Pancakes and All Day Breakfast—each full of drool-worthy dishes. There’s also cabinet delights like croissants, as well as other snacks like fries, mozzarella sticks and corn dogs. We cracked under the pressure and decided to grab a few things to share between us.
As a savoury fan, I couldn’t go past the Hash Brown Chipotle Sando. Golden hash browns, chipotle and egg between two pieces of lightly toasted shokupan bread—I mean you really can’t go wrong, right? We threw on a serve of avocado toast as well, because what is brunch without a bit of avo?
But let’s be honest, it's really all about their signature Chubby Brick Toasts. You can pick between a number of yummy toppings like matcha, salted caramel and honey but we decided on the strawberry and ricotta number. Think one giant slab of shokupan bread, topped with a sweet vanilla ricotta and juicy strawberries, served alongside whipped cream and maple syrup. Honestly, it’s like biting into a cloud soaked in sweet deliciousness and trust us, you’ll be in heaven as soon as it hits your lips.
Go ahead and grab a coffee (preferably in a giant mug) and one of their flavour-packed juices to wash down your bready delights. Or if you're feeling extra, they also do these really cute flavoured milks which come served in a clear milk carton and are the perfect accessory for your next Insta snap.
Chubby Boy is now open at 3/861 Beaufort St in Inglewood from 7am ‘til 10pm Monday through Friday and from 7am ‘til 11pm on weekends.
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Image credit: Chubby Boy