Poppo-Yaki – Niigata’s Famous Bread-like Brown Cake
Today, I went on a day trip to “Matsunoyama Onsen (松之山温泉)” to enjoy its hot spring.Matsunoyama Onsen is the nationally famous hot spring known as one of “the Japan’s 3 best medicinal Onsen (日本三大薬湯)”, which is located in the city of Tokamachi, Niigata Prefecture.
This was the first time for me to visit this spa facility “Yunoyama (湯の山)”, but the hot spring water is so good that it made me feel relaxed and soothed my routine fatigue.
After taking its hot spring bath, I headed to the souvenir shop in the facility to see whether there is something interesting, where I found my favorite local sweet snack “Poppoyaki (ぽっぽ焼)” being sold and picked it up.
Poppo-Yaki (ぽっぽ焼) – Niigata’s Famous Bread-like Brown Cake
On the way home, I enjoyed these bread-like cakes, Poppo-Yaki.The sweet snack is made by baking the mixture of soft flour, brown sugar, water, carbonic acid and alum, and well-known as a specialty of the northern regions in Niigata Prefecture.
Poppo-Yaki generally has a thin rectangular bar-shape, and the texture is soft and chewy.The sweet snack features its gentle sweetness that comes from brown sugar and tastes kind of like brown sugar bread.
Poppo-Yaki is available not only at some souvenir shops in Niigata, but the rectangular brown cake is also offered by street food stalls at local festivals held in Niigata.
If you have a chance to go to a Niigata’s big summer festival like this one, you will surely see a food stall baking Poppo-Yaki cakes, so just try it !
(Reference page of this article : Wikipedia ぽっぽ焼き )