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  • Hey guys!

  • I have showed you so much Japanese food, and drinks and snacks and everything

  • But the stuff I'm going to show you today

  • is probably my ultimate favourite thing to eat in Japan

  • Traditional Japanese sweets, or "wagashi"

  • I have dying to make a video for you guys about this stuff

  • because I just love it!

  • and it's a lot different than anything you can find in N. America or Europe

  • I hope guys are as interested in it as I am

  • So yesterday I went shopping in Asakusa

  • Asakusa is great for traditional Japanese stuff

  • and they have SO many wagashi shops!

  • So if you're ever looking for wagashi, totally recommend shopping in Asakusa

  • First I visited one of the most famous wagashi shops in Asakusa

  • It's located right near kaminarimon

  • And the name of the shop is Kamejyuu

  • They are famous for their dorayaki

  • So I bought some dorayaki there

  • and I got 2 other things from that shop

  • So I'm gonna start by showing you guys those things

  • All right, so this is a dorayaki

  • What it is, is it's 2 pancakes

  • and in the middle there is red bean paste

  • This is actually my first time trying a dorayaki from this famous shop

  • So I bet it's really yummy

  • The size of the dorayaki that they sell

  • is a little larger than other ones you will find

  • and it looks super yummy!

  • So I'm going to cut that in half

  • and show you guys what the inside looks like

  • All right, so here it is!

  • You can see the red bean paste inside there

  • They also have a white bean paste version

  • But this is their best seller

  • so I thought I should get this one

  • Japanese sweets are best eaten with matcha or green tea

  • I don't have any of that today

  • but if you guys are ever to eat Japanese sweets

  • I totally recommend having them with green tea or matcha

  • because Japanese sweets are not super sweet

  • and they just go perfectly with green tea

  • All right lets try it!

  • Itadakimasu!

  • Mmmmm

  • I can definitely see why they are famous for their dorayaki

  • This is so much better than any other one I've ever tasted!

  • The pancakes are really fluffy!

  • and the bean paste is not super sweet at all

  • So even if you're not into super sweet stuff like cake or cupcakes

  • I'd definitely give Japanese sweets a try

  • They're definitely pretty low on the sweet side, which is pretty cool

  • Ok the next Japanese sweet I have to show you is from the same store, Kamejyuu

  • and it is the monaka!

  • Now this is pretty similar to the dorayaki

  • It is 2 thin wafers made out of mochi

  • and in the inside is shiro-an

  • or white bean paste

  • This is actually the first time I've had a shiro-an monaka

  • That's really yummy!

  • The wafers are really delicate

  • They almost dissolve in your mouth when you bite into it

  • and again the bean paste isn't super sweet at all

  • It's a very subtle sweetness

  • The next wagashi that I have here is kintsuba

  • Again, this one is made with sweet bean paste

  • What they do, is they take a cube of sweet bean paste

  • and then they dip it in a very light batter

  • and they fry each side individually

  • So they'll stand it up on the grill like this and fry that side

  • Then turn it to fry the next, and so on

  • So you get a very delicate battery that coats the bean paste

  • Normally you would eat wagashi using a specific utensil called a youji

  • But I don't own one so today I'm going to eat them with chopsticks

  • All right so here's what it looks like

  • You can see the thin layer of batter on the outside

  • Let's try it!

  • I find that the red bean paste has a stronger flavour than the white one

  • So if you're kinda iffy about trying bean paste

  • I would recommend starting with the white one

  • I love it, so the red one is good for me

  • I really like this

  • I like the delicate batter, it's nice

  • It's not heavy at all

  • Again, would be really yummy with tea!

  • So this next one is my absolute favourite wagashi

  • It just looks beautiful, and I really love the flavour

  • It is called nerikiri

  • Can you see the gorgeous colour

  • and the detailed floral pattern that it has

  • Nerikiri are made using a mixture of white bean paste

  • and a soft mochi called gyuhi

  • and after that, once you've made your paste

  • you can mold it into whatever shape, whatever colour you like

  • So they've very interesting

  • You can find gorgeous designs if you do a search on google for "nerikiri"

  • And again, if you're looking to try these, check out Asakusa

  • They had the awesomest assortment of these

  • They're just so much fun to look at, they're beautiful

  • Again, this would be eaten using a youji

  • But let's use chopsticks today

  • The texture of these is amazing

  • What can I compare it to...

  • It's like a marzipan

  • But a lot softer and creamier

  • and it dissolves in your mouth a lot faster than a marzipan

  • But very similar

  • This is definitely my favourite of all wagashi

  • I really recommend that you guys try it if you come to Japan

  • If you're ever involved in a Japanese tea ceremony

  • this is the most popular sweet that they will give to you with your tea

  • So if you're able to participate in a tea ceremony

  • definitely recommend that, because you will probably get to try

  • some nerikiri out when you do that

  • You can see how soft it is when I cut it here

  • Can cut it with barely any pressure

  • The last Japanese sweet that I have to show you guys today

  • is something that is super gorgeous

  • but I've never gotten a chance to eat

  • and I'm always looking at them and wanting to try them!

  • So I definitely wanted to do that today with you guys

  • Aren't these so pretty?

  • Like the nerikiri, these also come in many different shapes

  • and colours, and with different fillings inside

  • I didn't know the name of these

  • But someone on Twitter helped me out and told me they're called kingyoku

  • So if you want to search for those on Google you can do that

  • Aren't these pretty? I can't wait to try them

  • They're just a simple jelly

  • and you can fill them with whatever you like

  • Fruits, or bean paste shapes, or other little jellies

  • There's beans in there, some azuki beans in there

  • Let's try one!

  • I think I'm gonna try the kiwi one

  • because it's so pretty

  • Look at that

  • This is a chestnut

  • Kingyoku are often eaten in the summer

  • because they're seen as a cool and refreshing treat

  • Just the look of them looks very summery and refreshing

  • I have no idea what this is going to taste like

  • Let's try! Itadakimasu!

  • Oh the jelly is really thick!

  • It's like a really thick jello

  • They jelly itself is flavoured too

  • It's really sweet

  • Mmm that's really yummy

  • Tastes very similar to jello

  • It's like a jello, with a thicker (closer to gummy candy) consistency

  • This is actually one of the sweetest out of all the things I ate today

  • It's a lot sweeter than the others

  • I hope you guys enjoyed this video on wagashi (Traditional Japanese sweets)

  • There are so many different kinds

  • I just showed you guys a few of the main ones

  • But there are hundreds!

  • Definitely google "wagashi" if you're interested in seeing more

  • There are so many beautiful patterns of the jelly ones I showed you

  • and the nerikiri type

  • If you guys have ever tried wagashi yourself

  • please let me know down in the comments which ones are your favourites

  • so I can find some new ones to try

  • Thanks for watching and I'll see you guys soon, bye!

  • This video was made as part of the YouTube Space Jidaigeki Program

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5 Japanese Sweets You NEED To Try! WAGASHI 好きな和菓子を紹介します (5 Japanese Sweets You NEED To Try! WAGASHI 好きな和菓子を紹介します)

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    林宜悉 に公開 2021 年 01 月 14 日
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