Kuzu Manju: The Kudzu Confection with a Cool Appearance for Summer

As I wrote about “Wagashi (和菓子)” yesterday, it basically refers to traditional Japanese confections in general, which includes many different types of sweets.

Among such Japanese confections, “Manju (饅頭)” is a major type of Wagashi with several hundred years of history. It is a traditional Japanese bun filled with sweet red bean paste.

Although, in modern times, there are many variations of Manju, the dough is typically made from wheat flour. However, there exists a jelly-like Manju, which is known as a kind of “Kuzumochi (葛餅)”.

Kuzu Manju (葛饅頭)

Kuzumochi (葛餅)Kuzumochi

Kuzumochi is a type of Wagashi that is made from kudzu arrowroot starch, sugar, and water. The Japanese confection has a translucent, milky-white color, and its cool appearance is perfect for summer.

What I wanted to say above, the Kuzumochi whose name includes “Manju” is “Kuzu Manju (葛饅頭, くずまんじゅう)”. I actually purchased a Kuzu Manju at a supermarket near my house for this blog article.

Kuzu Manju (くずまんじゅう)Kuzu Manju

Kuzu Manju is the Kuzumochi with sweet red bean paste “Anko (餡子)” in the center, in other words, the Anko paste is covered in Kuzumochi. Kuzu Manju is also known as “Mizu Manju (水饅頭)” or “Suisen Manju (水仙まんじゅう)”.

Kuzu Manju with Anko

This Japanese summer dessert has an unique texture. It is jiggly but slightly chewy like konjac jelly. As for the taste, the milky white jelly part has a gentle sweetness, while the inside Anko paste is a little sweeter than the outer part.

The Ingredients 

Kuzu Manju ingredients

As for the ingredient of the Kuzu Manju that I bought this time, it consists of reduced sugar syrup, sugar, Azuki red beans, powdered wafer, corn starch, agar, konjac powder, kudzu starch, and salt.

In Conclusion

Kuzu Manju, together with Kuzukiri (葛きり), is one of the most recommended Wagashi sweets for the summer season. The Japanese confection is available at supermarkets in Japan during the summer, so if you are interested and get a chance, why not give it a try?


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

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

%d bloggers like this: