Sunrise Mart is a few doors down from Cafe Zaiya on E. 41st Street. In addition to being Library Way, it’s also Japan Way, with a number of Japanese eateries and grocery stores. I’ve been to the Sunrise Mart in the East Village and fondly recall a delicious carrot ginger dressing I had there a long time ago. Today, I went for some baked goods. I decided upon two staples in Japanese bakeries, strawberry shortcake and melon pan.
Verdict: The strawberry shortcake had fresh, light layers of white cake and whipped cream with sliced strawberries. In general, cakes with whipped cream frosting are too rich for me, and I usually can’t finish a whole piece. This one had the refreshing balance of light cake layers to cut the whipped cream.
Verdict: Melon pan is so named for its resemblance to a melon. This one didn’t have that crunchy, melon-skin-patterned crust melon pan is supposed to have. Traditionally, melon pan doesn’t have chocolate chips, but it can be served that way as another option. This one had a light, sweet glaze on the top. The bread was soft and easy to pull apart, but it was a bit too doughy for me. I know it’s not supposed to be like a chocolate chip scone, but it’s too much like a chocolate chip dinner roll for me to fully enjoy it.