BLK 513 and Kumori Teamed Up and You'll Want to Try Their Buns

It comes with cream cheese filling!

PHOTO BY Kumori Philippines and BLK 513 ILLUSTRATION Warren Espejo

( Ever had melon pan? This Japanese bread gets its name not from its flavor, but from its arguably melon-like appearance from having a thin, cookie-like layer with a grid pattern on the outside. While it's mildly sweet and fairly plain on its own, this take on the melon pan features a crust with activated charcoal and a cream cheese filling. Meet the Activated Charcoal Melon Pan, a special collaboration item by BLK 513 and Kumori!

These special buns have an activated charcoal-infused crust... 
PHOTO BY Patricia Baes

The Activated Charcoal Melon Pan has an richer and more decadent profile thanks to the cream cheese filling. The activated charcoal adds a slightly nutty taste and distinctive black hue that contrasts beautifully with the lighter shade of the bread and cream cheese. It's best served heated, so you can best appreciate the textural contrast of the crisp crust, soft and fluffy bread, and creamy filling. You can get them for P68 a piece, or P272 for a box of four.

...And a lush cream-cheese filling!
PHOTO BY Patricia Baes
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Get your fix of this bread at BLK 513—you can visit their branches or send them a message on Instagram. You can also get it at Kumori stores, or get it delivered through their website or by finding them on GrabFood, LalaFood, Foodpanda, or Metromart.

Kumori is a brand of Japanese-style breads and pastries that came to the Philippines in 2015. Among their best-known products are the Hanjuku Cheese and Cheese Tarts, which are great snacks or light desserts any time of the day.

Kumori is especailly known for their Hanjuku Cheese, or Japanese-style souffle cheesecakes.
PHOTO BY Kumori Philippines

BLK 513, on the other hand, is a a frozen-yogurt joint that first opened in December 2015 at SM Megamall. They’re known for their charcoal-enhanced yogurt that you can personalize with a variety of syrups, cereals, fruit, and other toppings, but they've also got other pastries like cookies, granola, drinks, and more.

BLK 513 is well-loved for their frozen yogurt!

And if you're looking for a beverage to pair with this drink, why not try a cool cup of joe? Some of our favorite bottled versions in Manila are those by Caravan Black and BB Brews!

You can count on Caravan Black for great specialty coffee.
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Alabang-based BB Brews makes bottled coffee in regular and alcohol-spiked variations! 
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Kumori is at G/F The Block, SM City North EDSA, Bago Bantay, Quezon City and LG/F SM Makati, Glorietta Complex, Makati City. See a list of Kumori branches. For delivery orders, visit Kumori’s website or find Kumori on GrabFood, Foodpanda, LalaFood, or Metromart. For more information, check out Kumori Philippines’ Facebook page.

BLK 513 has branches at 2/F Building A, SM Megamall, Ortigas, Mandaluyong City and 2/F Building A, SM Megamall, Ortigas, Mandaluyong City. See a list of BLK 513 branches. For delivery orders, send them a message on Instagram. For more information, check out BLK 513's Facebook page.

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