5 Popular Flavors of Manju Cakes (Traditional Japanese Sweets)

When it comes to traditional Japanese sweets, Manju (まんじゅう) is one of the most familiar confections to us Japanese, which we often enjoy along with Japanese green tea as an afternoon snack.

Manju are Japanese steamed cakes (buns) filled basically with sweet red bean paste called “Anko (餡子)“. Other than the regular Manju, there are many types and variations of the Japanese confection.

For example, one has a matcha green tea flavored Anko in the center, one is made baking the dough instead of steaming, and one has the shape of a maple. As you can guess, the Manju cake especially has many variations in Anko flavor.

If you are a Manju beginner, there is a recommended item for you with 5 popular flavors of Anko sweet bean paste, which I picked up today to introduce.

Marukyo Aji no Meisaku (丸京 味の銘作) : 5 Flavors of Manju Cakes

What I purchased this time is Marukyo Aji no Meisaku (Amazon.com), a 5 flavor assortment of Manju cakes.

It includes 2 “Momoyama (桃山)” Manju cakes, 2 “Kuriman (栗まん)”, 4 “Nyuka (乳菓)”, 5 “Soba Manju (そばまんじゅう)”, and 5 “Matcha Manju (抹茶まんじゅう)”, 18 small pieces of Manju in total.

Now, let’s see each of the 5 flavors of Manju.

Momoyama (桃山)

“Momoyama (桃山)” is a steamed Manju cake with a mix of sweet red and white bean pastes in the center. This Manju features its refined sweetness.

Kuriman (栗まん)

“Kuriman (栗まん)” is a baked Manju cake filled with a chestnut-flavored, chestnut-bits-embedded sweet bean paste. This Manju is characterized by its inside, addicting chestnut Anko.

Nyuka (乳菓)

“Nyuka (乳菓)” is a baked Manju cake with a milk-flavored sweet bean paste filling. This Manju features its Anko paste with a moderate, delicate sweetness.

Soba Manju (そばまんじゅう)

“Soba Manju (そばまんじゅう)” is a steamed Manju cake with a sweet bean paste containing buckwheat flour in the center. The main feature of this Manju is its slight buckwheat soba flavor.

Matcha Manju (抹茶まんじゅう)

“Matcha Manju (抹茶まんじゅう)” is a steamed Manju cake with a matcha green tea flavored sweet bean paste filling. This Manju is characterized by its Anko paste with a pleasantly nice Matcha aroma.

The ingredients 

The ingredients of these 5 flavors of Manju cakes include sweet bean paste, sugar, wheat flour, starch syrup, hen’s egg, glucose, vegetable oil, buckwheat flour, condensed milk, chestnut, reduced sugar syrup, starch, glutinous rice flour, fermented milk, powdered cinnamon bark, Matcha green tea powder, mirin, salt, and whole milk powder.

Manju is one of the most commonly eaten sweets in Japan. Just with this product, you can enjoy various kinds of authentic Manju cakes. If you like sweets, why not try it?

Marukyo Aji no Meisaku, 5 flavor assortment of Manju cakes
Amazon.com

Tomo

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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