Travel to Japan just so you can try these age-manju (fried Manju)!!!
I’ve been living here for 4 months now so I have a lot of recommendations, but as far as food goes, these are #1. My friend Nico is visiting so I took her to Asakusa, a place with a giant temple, pagodas, and lots & lots of traditional snacks, sweets, and gifts. Omiyage heaven.
We stood in line for 10 minutes or so to get these (Kabocha and Sweet Potato), and then after looking around the temple decided to go get more! I stuck with the Kabocha and Nico went for the Black Sesame. Inside the kabocha age-manju is a sweet kabocha puree (kabocha is a Japanese squash, or pumpkin), and the outside is made from rice flour so it has a sort of chewy, mochi-like consistency. On top of all that, the whole thing is fried. Really, can it get any better? I’m honestly not kidding with this recommendation. I can say with all sincerity that I would happily pay the 6$ in train fees to come to Asakusa again just to buy this $1 sweet.
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