My introduction to Texas Toast was in 1968 when we moved to Austin. Ever-thangs big in Texas and I quickly learned how to match Texas Toast with Chicken-Fried steak, pinto beans and fried okra.
Imagine my discovering it is common in Tokyo. Texas Toast is available in the ATL at Mozart Korean Bakery and in Chamblee’s Chinatown.
A Small Luxury
During the war (WWII) when refined foods were increasingly scarce staples like flour were adulterated with unrefined wheat and other additives. Humans covet what they cannot have: a big piece of white bread became desirable-not just because refined flour was scarce but as a reminder of better times and as a status symbol. Think Caviar for the undernourished.
Morning Seto (Morning Set)
Baby Boomers in Japan took the food to it’s next manifestation, the Morning Set. Busy salarymen now stopped for a quick breakfast of coffee, small salad and Texas Toast. The toast provides carbohydrate bulk and can be prepared with a variety of toppings.
The menu photo is from a coffee shop in Chamblee’s Chinatown. Comfort food with a Texas/Asian connection