The "ichigo" strawberry cream sandwich may not be a traditional Japanese sandwich, but it is a sandwich traditionally found all over Japan!
They can be found in any convenience or grocery store, as well as bakeries across the country.
These sandwiches are especially popular in the prefecture of Tochigi, since that is where most of their strawberries are grown in Japan. Tochigi strawberries are extremely plump, sweet and delicious!
Check out the picture below! Last time I was in Tochigi Japan I took this picture on my phone in a 7-11.
Most commonly, strawberries are the main ingredient in these sandwiches. But for this recipe you may use other fruits, such as kiwi, mandarin oranges, pineapple, blueberries, bananas or others of your favorite fruits as well.
Whichever fruit you decide to use, this is one of the simplest sandwiches you'll ever make!
*Tip: Be sure to use fresh white bread so that it's extremely soft. The bread used for this sandwich in Japan is extremely melt-in-your-mouth soft.
Put a heaping Tbsp of whipped cream on each slice of bread. Or, if you're using whipped cream from a pressurized container, spray enough cream to cover the inside of both slices of bread.
Add strawberry halves on top of the whipped cream and close the sandwich. You may use as many or as few strawberries as you prefer.
Slice in half diagonally and enjoy!
Enjoy sharing this international dessert sandwich recipe with your family and friends!