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 food.They sell and serve a variety of foods unique to Japan that you might never have eaten.

Typical examples of such festival foods include these 10 foods that I introduced about half a year ago.Out of them, today I want to introduce Amaguri (甘栗), because it 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 us Japanese.

On the other hand, most of the Amaguri being 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 widely enjoyed by Japanese for a long time, traditionally it is made of a small chestnut harvested in China.

In fact, the ingredient of the Muki Amaguri that I purchased includes only organic chestnuts produced in China.

Since 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 sweet chestnut.If you get a chance, just give it a shot.


I'm Japanese living in Niigata Prefecture,Japan.I want to introduce things about Japan,especially unique Japanese products,sightseeing places,my daily life and Japanese culture.

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  1. September 4, 2018

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