Aji no Meisaku: 5 Popular Flavors of Manju Cake
When it comes to traditional Japanese sweets or “Wagashi (和菓子)“, “Manju (まんじゅう)” is one of the most consumed confections in Japan, which we often enjoy as an afternoon snack with hot green tea.
For the unfamiliar, Manju is a traditional Japanese steamed cake (bun) typically filled with sweet Azuki red bean paste called “Anko (餡子)“. Other than the regular variety with red bean Anko filling, Manju is available in many variations.
For example, Manju comes in various fillings, such as matcha green tea flavored Anko, and can also be made by baking instead of steaming.
If you are a Manju beginner, there is a recommended item for you with 5 popular flavors of Anko sweetened bean paste, which I actually bought today for the blog article.
Marukyo Aji no Meisaku (丸京 味の銘作)
What I introduce here is the 5 flavor assortment of Manju cakes called “Aji no Meisaku (味の銘作)” from the Japanese confectionery company “Marukyo (丸京)” shown in the photo above.
The packaging contains 2 pieces of “Momoyama (桃山)” Manju, 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 pieces in total. Now, let’s see each of the 5 flavors of Manju.
“Momoyama (桃山)” is a steamed Manju cake filled with a mix of red and white Anko pastes featuring its refined sweetness.
“Kuriman (栗まん)” is a baked Manju cake with a chestnut-flavored, chestnut-bits-embedded sweet bean paste inside.
“Nyuka (乳菓)” is a baked Manju cake with a milk-flavored sweet bean paste filling, featuring its 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 filled with a sweet bean paste containing buckwheat flour, so this flavor is characterized by its faint soba aroma.
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 inside, featuring its good fragrance from matcha.
According to the lists, ingredients in these Manju cakes include sweet bean paste, sugar, wheat flour, starch syrup, hen’s egg, dextrose, vegetable oil, buckwheat flour, condensed milk, chestnut, reduced sugar syrup, starch, glutinous rice flour, fermented milk, cinnamon bark powder, Matcha green tea powder, mirin, salt, and whole milk powder.
Manju is one of the most beloved Wagashi sweets in Japan, and just with this product “Marukyo Aji no Meisaku, you can enjoy various kinds of authentic Manju cakes at a time.