8 Traditional Anko Desserts You Should Try in Japan!

8 Traditional Anko Desserts You Should Try in Japan!

Sweets have become “Anko”(sweet red bean paste) is a classic Japanese sweets. Chocolates and creamy very popular even in Japan and because of this, young people started to turn away from the Anko leaving it to be considered as the dessert of their grand parents. However, it looks like Japanese sweets shop are wroking hard by trial-and-error in efforts to make young people eat Anko. There are different types of Anko such as Tsubuan , which raw materials are Azuki (red beans); Koshian,wherein beans are taken from the Azuki (red beans); Shiroan, which raw material is Shiro Azuki (white beans); Zunda, which raw material is Edamame (green soybeans); Murasaki Imo An, which raw material is sweet potato and Matcha An, which raw material is Matcha. There might be many foreigners who do not like Anko but many fascinating things about the Anko will be introduced in this article.



 

8 Traditional Anko Desserts You Should Try in Japan!

 

1. Daifuku

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Daifuku is a fluffy rice cake which contains plenty of Anko inside it. Aside from the classic Anko Tsubuan and Koshian, there are also those which contain strawberries, chestnuts and seasonal ingridients mixed with the Anko. Mame Daifuku is one which rice cake contains beans inside it and its seasoning and the sweetness of its Anko is an exquisite harmony.

 

2. Ohagi

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Ohagi is an Anko spread over steamed rice. The rice used is a mix of Mochigome (sticky rice) and Uruchigome (non-glutinou rice). It is steamed until it transforms into just a grain of rice. Ohagi is also known as Botamochi. This is eaten in Japan during the Ohigan, an equinotical week. The Ohagi you can enjoy during that week in spring is called Botamochi. The ones you enjoy during fall are called Ohagi.

 

3. Yokan

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Yokan is a kind of Japanese sweets where Anko is compacted and hardened with the use of Agar. The ones which are firmly compacted are called Neri Yokan. The soft ones are called Mizu Yokan. It is very popular during summer because it is chilled. Also, Yokan is a very popular high class sweets.

 

4. Oshiruko

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Oshiruko is the soup of Anko. It contains white Mochi (rice cake) , Shiratamadango (a type of dumpling) and chestnuts. The soup of Oshiruko is watery. The ones which use crushed Anko beans are called Zenzai. Both the Oshiruko and Zensai are confectionaries that can be enjoyed cold during summer and warm during winter. Oshiruko is available in cans and cup just like noodles and can be enjoyed by just adding hot water which can be bought at supermarkets and convenience stores.

 

5. Dorayaki

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Dorayaki is a sweets sandwiching the red bean paste between a disk-shaped sponge cake dough. There are also those made of a folded dough. Dorayaki is the favorite food of the very popular Japanese animation character, “Doraemon”. Dorayaki is a very popular sweets in Japan.

 

6. Anpan

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Anpan is a sweetened bun with Anko inside it. Anko is generally the ingredients stuffed inside the Anpan. There are other types aside from the Anpan such as the Shiroan (white anko), Uguisuan (chestnut flavor ) and Murasakian (sweet potato flavor). Anpan ranks number 1 as the sweetened bun which best matches milk. Anpan was first created in 1874 at Kimura`s general head office. A year later, it was offered to the Emperor of Meiji. Presently, threre is a shop in Ginza, Tokyo. The historical Anpan is continually loved by many up to now.

 

7. Ogura Toast

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Ogura Toast is one of Nagoya`s specialty. It is a toasted bread with margarine or butter topped with Anko. It is mainly eaten in Aichi Prefecture. Because the Nagoya born Komeda coffee shop is present all over Japan, the Ogura Toast can be enjoyed nationwide.

 

8. Anko Whip Cream

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This is a collaboration of Anko and Whip cream. Whether you stuff it inside or top it on a toasted bread… it`s a sure delicious tasty treat! “The person who thought of this must be a genius! “ is always the reaction of every person who comes to encounter this masterpiece. Even a person who do not find Anko delicious will surely be able to appreciate its deliciousness. There are even people who were able to eat Anko because of this. The “Daifuku Mitai na Whip Anpan” of Fujipan is a recommendation. Inside the white bread which looks like a Daifuku (a soft round rice cake stuffed with Anko, a sweet bean jam)is whip cream and Tsubuan. The sweetness of the Anko Whip Cream is just right.

 

Conclusion

So there you have it. In addition to these, there are other different types such as the Anko rice cake, Zenzai and the Taiyaki. Anko can be purchased from the supermarket. The Anko is packed variously and an example of which are the ones in can and in tube which makes it a great souvenir. The Japanese sweets Anko is very well matched with the Omochi(rice cake) and bread. Be sure to enjoy it with a cup of warm green tea.

 

8 Traditional Anko Desserts You Should Try in Japan!

1. Daifuku
2. Ohagi
3. Yokan
4. Oshiruko
5. Dorayaki
6. Anpan
7. Ogura Toast
8. Anko Whip Cream