[Tokyo] Zaku Zaku ザクザク means “crunchy” in Japanese, and is also the name of one of the hottest snack you can find in Tokyo.
These are Croquant Chou sticks, looking like the fatter cousin of churros, or familiar choux cream pastry taking another form.
To get your hands on one of these trendy sticks, you can make your way to Shinjuku Lumine Est basement 1, Cute Cube Harajuku or Gran Duo Kamata.
Costing ¥250 for one, and ¥980 for four, this is a price that I would pay for a tea-time snack.
While waiting in line, you can actually spending time watching the staff bake and pipe them on the spot. Fun and also assuring certain level of freshness.
The moment of truth – this was actually good stuff.
The Croquant Chou Zakuzaku was covered with almond for that extra crunch, contrasted with the soft Hokkaido custard cream pumped inside.
It reminded me of churros with smooth cream. Sweetness level was manageable as well.
The added advantage the Zaku Zaku has over the typical choux puff is that the stick is easier to handle and eat, without fillings dripping all over the place.
Zaku Zaku ザクザク
Shinjuku 3-38-1 Lumine Est Basement 1 (Shinjuku Station East Exit)
160-0022 東京都新宿区新宿 3-38-1 ルミネエスト新宿店 B1F
Opening Hours: 11:00am – 10:00pm (Mon – Fri), 10:30aam – 10:00pm (Sat, Sun)
Harajuku Cute Cube
Shibuya-Ku Meijijingu Mae 1-7-1
150-0001 東京都渋谷区神宮前 1-7-1
Opening Hours: 11:00am – 10:00pm (Mon – Fri), 10:30am – 10:00pm (Sat, Sun)
Oita Ku, Nishi Kamata 7-68-1 Granduo (Inside Kamata Station)
144-0051 東京都大田区西蒲田 7-68-1
Opening Hours: 9:00am – 10:00pm