This month we feature snacks from Sendai, a beautiful coastal city in northeastern Japan.
Sendai is a beautiful coastal city in northeastern Japan and was founded by the powerful Daimyo Warlord, Date Masamune, in 1600. The city was hit by a devastating tsunami in 2011, but has since bounded back with gusto!
Sendai is famous for food that is made with “Zunda” (crushed edamame paste) because Masamune used to eat Zunda before going to war. The city is also known as one of the most environmentally-friendly cities in Japan. It’s called the “City of Trees” because of its abundant greenery, parks, and tree-lined streets. Definitely visit Sendai during their summer Tanabata Festival; it’s considered one of the greatest festivals in Japan!
Shiogama is a snack made by a Buddhist temple in Sendai. Each piece is carefully handmade using the original recipe and techniques passed down since 1600.
The outer layer is made with a mixture of finely milled, locally produced rice from Miyagi, shiso (Japanese basil) from Sendai, and premium sugar from Tokushima. The inside is filled with lightly salted Azuki red bean paste. This snack is a favorite of Japan’s royal family!
Zunda Chiffon Cake (ずんだシフォンケーキ)
A local delicacy! This soft Zunda-flavored wheat cake is filled with creamy custard.
Zunda Manju (ずんだまんじゅう)
Soft thin-skinned rice cake filled with a slightly sweet Zunda filling. Perfect with a cup of green tea.
Sendai Zunda Tart Cookie (ずんだタルトケーキ)
A light butter cookie topped with a tart mixture of Zunda and almond glaze. The slight earthiness of the Zunda compliments the sweetness very nicely.
Zunda Bamboo Dango (ずんだ笹だんご)
Mini Japanese sweet rice cake made from local Mochiko (rice flour), filled with sweet red bean paste.
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