Must try: Kanesue Sweets

kanesue sweets 2017

Having to taste different flavors that surprisingly suit your palate is one of the perks of living abroad. In Japan, I can’t enumerate the varieties of dishes and sweets that made me go “Waaaah!”, “Ohhhh”, “Hmmm!”, “Really?” 😀 The latter refers to the ones that were rather bizarre in my eyes, but little did I know that they could be eaten that way. I might share a few of them here in the future. 😉

Right now, I’d like to recommend a Japanese confectionery that you might love. The sweets are also best as gifts. Fortunately, Kanesue Sweets just opened another branch right at the nearest station (Minamiurawa Station) last month. This company has been around for over 50 years. What I like about their products is that they’re made with locally produced ingredients.

Here are 3 of their sweet masterpieces. Brilliantly made and probed by skilled and devoted craftsmen. Be it known that their catalog is in Japanese, so I’ll do the best I can to kind of reword the translation to make sense. 😀

Imokurabe ( 芋くらべ )
Imokurabe (芋くらべ)

Store Price: ¥320 per piece

(Monde Selection Silver Award 2014 Winner)

A buttered sweet potato that’s carefully baked one by one. When you sniff it, you can’t only sense the aroma of butter but also a faint smell of rum accentuates.

This was indeed a new flavor for me! (In the Philippines, I’d enjoy our caramelized sweet potato.) I like that it wasn’t too sweet. A bit tricky at first, but after a few more bites my mouth wholeheartedly embraced the unfamiliar taste! I guess this absolutely deserves the award.

sanuki warabimochi さぬきわらび餅〔カットタイプ〕
Sanuki Warabimochi, cut type ( さぬきわらび餅〔カットタイプ〕)

Store Price: ¥1,100 per box

(Monde Selection Silver Award 2014 Winner)

An extremely genuine-oriented bracken (warabi, 蕨) rice cake used with a special ingredient from Sanuki (a city located in Kagawa Prefecture) and a unique sugar-containing syrup. The stiffness of the bracken powder and the harmony of plenty of flour are exquisite.

The softest mochi (glutinous rice cake) that I’ve ever had. Unlike the other ones that I’ve tried before, these tender sweets didn’t give me a hard time chewing them. The level of sweetness was just right for me. So fulfilling!

Ichigodaifuku (いちご大福)

Store Price: ¥360 per piece

Sanuki glutinous rice cake of high quality and carefully punched with walnut and strawberry sauce. Contains a whole piece of tasty strawberry.

FYI: Strawberry (ichigo, いちご) daifuku is just one of the many kinds of daifuku (大福) which refers to a Japanese confection made up of a small round mochi stuffed with sweet filling. Anko, a sweetened red bean paste made from azuki beans is most commonly used.

Oh this was superb! Chewing both the mochi and strawberry at the same time was like a duo singing in harmony inside my mouth.

I don’t want to elaborate things here. Should you have the chance to try, don’t miss it!

Other shops that are accessible from Tokyo are located in Ikebukuro Station (2 shops, one is by the North Gate), Haneda Airport and Asakusa.

Author: Sheryl Gim

1990 | Wondering wanderer | Chocolate addict

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