Muki Amaguri – Peeled Roasted Sweet Chestnuts enjoyed by Japanese
When it comes to Japanese summer festivals, buying and having various foods at stalls is one of the fun things.Those food stalls set up at the summer festival are called “Yatai (屋台)”.
Most of the street stalls “Yatai” cook foods in front of you, so you can enjoy seeing their cooking processes as well as having the foods.They sell and serve a variety of foods unique to Japan that you might not have eaten yet.
Typical examples of such festival foods include the 10 foods that I introduced about half a year ago.Out of them, today I want to introduce Amaguri (甘栗), which is available at many supermarkets in Japan.
Muki Amaguri – Peeled Roasted Sweet Chestnuts
Amaguri are roasted sweet chestnuts, which are generally made cooking chestnuts by indirect heating after placed onto heated pebbles.
Food stalls selling Amaguri at Japanese festivals usually fill these roasted chestnuts in classic red paper bags that are familiar to Japanese.
On the other hand, most of the Amaguri sold at supermarkets are Muki Amaguri (むき甘栗), which don’t have the husk, in other words, Muki Amaguri are peeled roasted sweet chestnuts.
Though the classic Japanese sweet, Muki Amaguri has been enjoyed by Japanese for a long time, traditionally it is made from a small chestnut harvested in China.
In fact, the ingredient of the Muki Amaguri that I purchased includes only organic chestnuts produced in China.
As these chestnuts aren’t seasoned, they retain their natural sweetness and have good palatability.
Amaguri is a must-try festival food if you haven’t experienced Japanese summer festivals yet.Anyone, from children to adults, will be able to enjoy the sweets.
If you get a chance, just give it a shot.