Manju is sweetened red bean paste called "an" that is wrapped inside of sweet and sticky pounded rice called mochi, or is baked inside of several different types of dough.
But this was the first time I've ever had manju fresh from Japan. Thanks so much to my friend Michael who was recently traveling there and was kind of enough to share with me. I met Michael for lunch yesterday and he surprised me with manju, hojicha tea and some crunchy snacks. What a treat! I mean really it just blew me away. *Nom, nom, nom* I just finished eating the second piece of manju... It was so good!
This is Michael on his trip to Japan. That's Michael on the right in the green t-shirt dining with friends, the Kyoto market where he purchased the manju, snacks and tea and a temple where he attended a service. To see more pictures of his trip CLICK HERE
Manju made with bean paste and mochi.
Hojicha (roasted green tea leaves)
Crunchy Snacks covered in flavored powders. I loved them all!