Emergency Food in Japan: Imuraya Eiyo-Kan Yokan Sweets
What kind of emergency food is available in your country?
Here in Japan, I think Yokan, as well as Kanpan, is one of the most common, and my family stores them at home, preparing for disasters, such as typhoons and earthquakes.
Imuraya Eiyo-Kan (井村屋 えいようかん)
Yokan (ようかん/羊羹), also spelled Youkan, is a traditional Japanese confection made from Azuki red beans simmered with water and sugar and solidified with agar.
This product, named Eiyo-Kan (えいようかん), is from Imuraya (井村屋), a Japanese food company known for sweets using Azuki red beans, and we bought it on Amazon.
The product’s name is a compound word composed of Eiyo (えいよう/栄養), meaning nutrition in Japanese, and Youkan (ようかん/羊羹), and the treat offers 171 kcal per piece (60 grams).
The Neri Yokan keeps for as long as five years at room temperature and is meant for emergency food, as the diagram on the backside of the box shows how to use the Disaster Emergency Message Dial 171 provided by NTT.
Technically, the Yokan is emergency food, but its taste is as good as ordinary Neri Yokan, and you can eat it deliciously whenever you want some energy. (Ex. after a workout or at outdoor events).
|Sugar, Red bean paste, Starch syrup, Agar|