Japanese sweets : “Kaichu Shiruko”

Kaichu Shiruko

Kaichu Shiruko is a dried red bean soup put inside a pieces of rice cake (“Monaka” skin). It becomes ready for eating with hot water having been poured in the cup just like the cup ramen (instant Chinese noodles in a cup). As there are a variety of shapes, you can enjoy both its look as well as taste. “Kaichu” means a pocket and “Kaichu Shiruko” means a portable instant soup. When you encounter this lovely sweet at souvenir shop, please give it a try!

by Hideki Tazawa

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