ずんだ-KitKat

Howdy! After a small creative break, I’m back with a new article from Japan. This time, I’ve prepared another food testing for you (I noticed, I don’t have that much of those here) and hereby present you ずんだ(Zunda)-KitKat! ずんだ is a sweet paste, created from green beans and is supposedly quite popular in ずんだ もち (Zunda-Mochi) undずんだ だんご (Zunda-Dango) in the summertime. To be honest, I had to look this up, because the KitKats were presented to me as containing Wasabi, but when I examined the box at home, there was no mention on that (shame on you Johannes! :P [no, not me]). But of course, green can be a pretty misleading colour in the Japanese cuisine.

After opening the box, I noticed that the chocolate coating is indeed light green and it wasn’t all just a marketing trick to target the foreigners sense of culinary adventures (and mine is particularly easy to tingle, I have to admit). As disturbing as this may look on first glance, it actually tastes really nice. The flavour of the ずんだ is incorporated into the white chocolate and although it could be a bit stronger for my liking, it definitely added a nice touch to the KitKat-bars. A slight nuance of nuts and beans, if I had to put it into words, with a special kind of sweetness, distinctively different from what I know from Europe. I like!

Oh, and 10 Yen per box will be donated to the quake- and tsunami-stricken Tohoku-region. Therefor please take my recommendation more seriously and buy ずんだ-KitKats ^^

Dango and Sakura-Mochi

Et voila, I present you, the first article on japanese food. This time it’s nothing really expensive or super-special, as I’ve just bought it in the supermarket, but these are typical sweets in Japan, so I decided to share them: Dango (団子) and Sakura-Mochi (桜餅). Dango are small dumplings mostly made from rice-flour and water, although there are many different variants including meatballs for example. But well, mine were made out of flour and water, so they were sticky little bastards xD The ones on the wodden sticks tasted like matcha (japanese green tea powder (抹茶)) and the glassy looking ones had a bag of seasoning which carried some kind of sweet nut-flavour (and was also supposed to make them less sticky, I guess). I ate them all in one evening, because I really like the taste :)

The Sakura-Mochi is a small riceball (but bigger than the Dango), which is filled with sweet red bean paste and wrapped into a pickled leaf from a cherry tree. While the taste of the leaf is a bit salty at first, the taste of the Mochi is really sweet and I enjoy eating them very much. I actually don’t know, how they coloured the rice to make it become pink, but it’s surely all natural… or not. Who knows xD

So, enjoy some pictures, while I eat my remaining Mochi :D

4th of March: It’s pink!

Mr. Y asked for food pictures and luckily I made two with this pink food thing that I bought in the supermarket yesterday.

I’m not one hundred percent sure what it was. It tasted like some cake made of rice with some sweetener  in it. Quite tasty actually. I had hoped for a filling, but sadly there was none. Maybe I should read what I’m buying first :D