Manjū is a Japanese sweet that is typically a soft, thin “shell” of steamed dough filled with sweet red-bean paste. The style and filling of manjū vary from place to place: for example, Takada Namagashi in Kanazawa has kabocha manjū, and Tatsurahama’s Takeuchi, the subject of today’s post, has miso manjū.
The miso manjū have miso paste mixed into the batter for the “shell” and are filled with shiro-an (白あん), white bean paste. The charm point of the miso manjū is that they are not too sweet and have a simple, refreshing flavor. The beans used to make the paste all come from Hokkaido. A single miso manjū is 120 yen and there are several sizes of omiyage boxes available.
Takeuchi’s miso manjū are, of course, the star of the show, but the shop sells a number of other delicious sweets. My favorite is the shinamondo (しなもんど), a small cinnamon-and-almond cake (120 yen a piece). Others include crepes (kureipu クレープ); koroukan (ころうかん), a coconut-and-walnut flavored sweet; joujoumochi (情ヶ餅), a bite-sized mochi filled with liquid sesame creme; and fukkura (ふっくら), little cakes filled with chocolate, custard, or strawberry creme (140 yen a piece).
All sweets are available in boxes for omiyage or individually (bara-bara, バラバラ).
Takeuchi’s main shop is in Tatsurahama (田鶴浜) near Tatsurahama Station (田鶴浜駅) on the 249 between Anamizu and Nanao. There are branch locations in Nanao, Wakura Onsen, Shika-machi, the Nishiyama Parking rest stops on the Noto Toll Road (both directions), and at the Kashima AL Plaza.
Main location (Tatsurahama)
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Located on the 249 near Tatsurahama Station. Look for the large みそまんじゅう (miso manjū) sign on the sign of the road (opposite the train tracks).
Information and map of other locations (Japanese)
Leah Zoller is a second-year CIR in Anamizu and the editor of this blog. One of her hobbies is sampling local manjū when she travels.