Thursday, May 14, 2009

Special Treat

My friend, K, went to Japan recently. Given that she is really smart, she got the hint when I told her how amazing the sweets were that I bought at the Kyoto train station when I visited Japan seven or eight years ago. You can imagine how excited I was when she presented me with this little box when I saw her at our "Girl's Weekend."

I can't remember what they're called, but they are fantastic; sweet bean paste wrapped in a pasta-like wrapper made from rice flour. Mmmmmmm. My husband doesn't like these so I can eat them slowly and savor every one, safe in the knowledge that they won't disappear.

Thanks K. I heart you.

A lot!

7 comments:

Indy Mom said...

Hummmmm......interesting looking!!!

Mum-me said...

'Oh my goodness', was my first thought, followed by 'giant tadpoles?'

Allie said...

What a lovely friend! It's good to have smart friends. *G*

peaceliving said...

I love finding delicious foreign treats...especially ones that nobody else in the family like!

Shannon said...

Sounds interesting - AND like I need to get out more! :)

Betts said...

They're not very pretty, but you sure make them sound good.

chimp1cards said...

I heart you too...a lot!

The sweets I brought you back are Yatsuhashi. The outer covering is called mochi, a sticky rice ball shaped from cooked glutinous rice that’s been pounded into paste.
Here's a link to a blog all about them..with a pretty picture.
http://kyototravelguide.blogspot.com/2009/02/wagashi-or-japanese-sweets-are-very.html
Don't savor them too long..they have a quick expiration date.
My favorite sweet was a horse chestnut biscuit we got with tea at our Takayama cottage hotel. I brought back some for F to share with kids at school.