3 Types of Monaka Rice Wafer Snacks
When you think of traditional Japanese confections or Wagashi with sweet red bean paste “Anko (餡子)“, what comes to mind?
As the green links above show, I posted articles about Manju, Daifuku, Dorayaki, and Yokan before, so today I will talk about the rest, Monaka.
Basically, Monaka consists of 2 thin crisp rice wafers with some food in between. The filling is usually Anko sweet red bean paste, but various ingredients can be used in the filling.
Wagashi Monaka Sweets
Actually, based on the filling, Monaka can be roughly divided into 3 types. The first type is the regular Monaka known as a traditional Wagashi sweet. Various food materials, such as chewy Mochi rice cake and boiled chestnuts, are used with Anko in the confection and sandwiched between 2 thin crisp rice wafers.
Monaka Ice Cream
The second type is the Monaka treat known as ice cream. This type consists of 2 thin crisp rice wafers filled with ice cream, typically vanilla or matcha ice cream. Additionally, some Monaka ice creams have a thin chocolate bar in the middle.
Monaka in Japanese Cuisine
The last one is the Monaka used in Japanese cuisine, and its filling isn’t limited to sweet things. In general, this type consists of 2 thin crisp rice wafers filled with ingredients for some dish, whose representative examples include Monaka Suimono I introduced before in this article.