Wagashi: Kanto-Style vs Kansai-Style Kuzumochi

Several types of Wagashi (traditional Japanese confections) are made with kudzu (arrowroot) starch, and as I wrote in the past, the jelly noodle “Kuzukiri (葛きり)” is among them.

Kuzukiri Noodles with Kuromitsu SyrupKuzukiri Noodles with Kuromitsu Syrup

Kuzukiri is almost tasteless, so when the noodles are served as a dessert, before eating, we usually drizzle some “Kuromitsu (黒蜜)” brown sugar syrup and sometimes dust “Kinako (きな粉)” roasted soybean flour.

Kuzu Mochi (葛餅)

Similar to Kuzukiri, “Kuzu Mochi (葛餅)” is also a Wagashi confection made from kudzu starch and typically eaten with Kuromitsu and Kinako.

In addition to that variety, there is actually one more type of Kuzu Mochi which is made from fermented wheat starch.

Kansai-Style “Kuzumochi (葛餅)”

Kansai-Style Kuzumochi

Specifically, one is made from kudzu flour, sugar, and water, almost the same ingredients as Kuzukiri noodles.

This type is commonly eaten in Western Japan including the Kansai region around Osaka and is written as “葛餅” using Chinese characters or Kanji.

Yuzu KuzumochiYuzu Kuzumochi

The Kansai-style Kuzumochi has a square or rectangle shape and a translucent milky white color. It is jiggly like jelly but somewhat chewy. 

We usually eat this type with Kuromitsu and Kinako, but some variants including “Yuzu Kuzumochi (柚子葛餅)”, the one flavored with juice from a citrus fruit called “Yuzu (柚子)”, are eaten as they are.

Kuzu ManjuKuzu Manju or Mizu Manju

Incidentally, filled with sweet Azuki red bean paste, “Kuzu Manju (葛饅頭)” is actually also a kind of the Kansai-version Kuzumochi.

Kanto-Style “Kuzumochi (久寿餅)”

Kanto-Style Kuzumochi

“葛餅” and “久寿餅” have the same reading in Japanese “Kuzu Mochi”, but these Kuzumochi are quite different from each other. 

As I mentioned above, this “Kuzu Mochi (久寿餅)” is made from wheat starch fermented by lactic acid bacteria.

While the Kansai-style “Kuzumochi (葛餅)” is widely enjoyed around the country, this “Kuzumochi (久寿餅)” can only be seen in the limited area around Tokyo. 

The Kanto-syle Kuzumochi is known as the only fermented Wagashi and has a distinctive taste. But as with the Kansai-style Kuzumochi, the whitish cake is usually topped with the Kuromitsu syrup and the Kinako flour.

By the way, the birthplace of the Kanto-style Kuzumochi is “Funabashiya (船橋屋)” which is an old-established confectionery shop founded in 1805 in Kameido, Tokyo.

Shop Information: Funabashiya (船橋屋)

Image: tabelog.com

Address: 3-2-14 Kameido, Koto-Ku (Ward), Tokyo (MAP)
Open throughout the week: 9:00 to 18:00

(Reference Pages: Wikipedia 葛餅Nikkei.com)

Tomo

Hi, I'm Tomo, a Japanese blogger living in Niigata Prefecture, Japan. For the purpose of enriching your life, I would like to introduce things about Japan on this blog, especially unique Japanese products, cooking recipes, cultures, and facts and trivia.

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