Amaguri: Classic Japanese Roasted Chestnuts
When it comes to Japanese summer festivals or “Natsu Matsuri (夏祭り)”, choosing and buying various foods at street stalls is one of the fun things.
Those food stalls that can be seen in the festival are called “Yatai (屋台)”, many of which cook foods in that place. Hence, not only enjoying the treats, but you can also see the cooking processes.
They offer a wide variety of foods many of which you might not have eaten before, and representative examples of such festival treats include what I introduce here “Amaguri (甘栗)”, literally Sweet Chestnut.
Actually, Amaguri is also available in supermarkets throughout the year and I bought one today.
Amaguri is a roasted chestnut. As you can see in the picture above, in the cooking, chestnuts are put into heated tiny pebbles and roasted by indirectly heating.
Amaguri vendors at festivals usually sell those roasted chestnuts in old-fashioned red paper bags that are very familiar to us Japanese.
Muki Amaguri (むき甘栗)
On the other hand, the majority of Amaguri sold at supermarkets are “Muki Amaguri (むき甘栗)” using peeled chestnuts. In other words, Muki Amaguri refers to peeled, roasted chestnuts.
Muki Amaguri is a sweet that has long been loved by Japanese people, but traditionally it is made of small chestnuts harvested in China.
In fact, the Muki Amaguri I have now is made only with organic chestnuts produced in China.
Since these peeled chestnuts are unseasoned, they make the most of their natural sweetness and retain their original texture.