December 2, 2012

Super Japanese sweets of Shiga!

The best monaka, Japanese wafer with bean-jam for me is Taneya(たねや), a Japanese confectionery established in 1872 in Shiga (滋賀). Usually monaka is already stuffed with bean-jam and the texture is moist. It is very good, but Taneya sells monaka separately from jam and we should make it by ourselves just before eating, which creates wonderful crispy texture! Epoch-making!
Taneya's monaka (right) and kuri-gekka, chestnut cake
Steamed bean-jam ban with soy sauce taste  
The taste is definitely nice, super sophisticated. In addition to the monaka, their autumn item, kuri-gekka(栗月下), chestnut cake is so delicious. Whenever I find it, I always buy.  
In Tokyo, we can buy Taneya's products at major department stores such as Mitsukoshi Ginza, Nihonbashi, etc. Even foreigners who are not used to eat Japanese sweets, they would find Taneya fantastic! My rating is 5 out of 5. Gochiso-samadeshita!


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