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The Taste Of Beauty: Japanese Sweets

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Japanese sweets are not just delicious desserts, but an art. Let's talk about the most interesting of them. The Japanese are not afraid of experiments, and therefore prepare non-standard sweets with original tastes. And most importantly - they do it very beautifully.

Youkan

This is one of the oldest Japanese sweets, existing in different forms for more than a thousand years. Its basis is kanten (agar-agar), which is produced from tengus algae. Simplicity and versatility make it one of the most popular sweet foods; sweet Anko beans, roasted chestnuts, sweet potatoes can be used in its composition.

Manju

This is a baked pie or cake made from sweet flour (rice, buckwheat, or wheat). The filling can be anything: chocolate, cream, pasta, azuki beans, fruit jam, sweet cheese, or something else. The most popular sweet in this category is green manju-matcha (with the addition of matcha tea). In Hiroshima, dessert is traditionally baked in the shape of a maple leaf; it is hard to find elsewhere. If you decide to buy a set of manju in Japan as a gift for loved ones, carry it in your hand luggage.

Sembei

These are crispy rice crackers, which the Japanese bring as a gift to foreigners, as they consider them a win-win dessert. Tastes are very different: chocolate, nuts, sesame seeds, anko pasta, as well as crab, soy sauce, nori, wasabi or something else. Spicy-salty sembei is also considered a dessert in Japan. The most popular form of this sweet is with matcha green tea. To fully enjoy the cozy evening in front of your computer on an iGaming site where Japanese Yen are accepted, you can bring home some of these assorted crackers for 150 Yen in a large box.

Amanatto

Delicious natural sweets - national Japanese sweet with unimaginable tastes. Most often, a nut is placed inside (usually peanuts or any kind of bean), and the shell consists of soft adzuki bean paste. Amanatto sweets are soaked in sugar syrup. Among the flavors, popular are cinnamon, fruit flavors, chocolate, matcha, seaweed, wasabi. The latter option is especially interesting: it is very sweet and at the same time very sharp. You can buy these Japanese sweets in factory packages or pick assorted by weight in a supermarket.

Mochi

Strictly speaking, this is not exactly a dessert. Mochi in Japan is a special rice dough, on the basis of which many national dishes are prepared, including sweets. By mochi, we mean a whole group of desserts that are worth trying in Japan. Among them are soft steamed buns with a sweet filling that look like colored khinkali, as well as mochi ice cream with a wide variety of tastes, dango - balls on skewers in syrup.

Castella

This is a very delicate sponge cake with Portuguese roots. The cake, covered with a characteristic sugar crust, does not have exactly the taste you expect from a biscuit. This Japanese sweet contains honey, green tea powder, and special syrup. Castella is easy to take home: she, packed in narrow oblong boxes, are sold in almost all supermarkets.

Dorayaki

Miniature air pancakes with a sweet filling - the leader of Japanese sweets in the positive reviews of tourists. Layer - usually a sweet bean paste, chocolate or berries. Freshly cooked dorayaki is better to eat warm. In factory packaging, they sometimes look like French macarons: colored, airy, with a contrast layer. However, the taste is more like a biscuit. Often they draw on the famous blue cat Doraemon. Dorayaki is easy to bring home: buy those in individual packages.