AIZUWAKAMATSU | Koikekashiho is a sweet shop located at the base of Mount Imoriyama. It sells a variety of local sweets, including Manjū, a popular type of mochi (pounded rice cake), filled with anko (red bean paste), made from boiled azuki beans and sugar. Usually, manju are steamed and served at room temperature, but sometimes they are coated in a tempura batter and deep fried. When served like this, the dessert is called agemanju and it’s very addictive, with the gelatinous rice flour coating, hot crunchy tempura exterior, and soft, paste filling combining for a wonderful flavour and textural sensation.
Although anko is the most common filling for manju, you can also find several other varieties such as sesame (sesame seeds in the batter and sesame mixed in the filling), macha (green batter and macha flavoured filling), and ume (pink batter). Try a few different fillings as both manju and agemanju to figure out which is your favourite.
Ikkimachi Ōaza Yahata
Fukushima Prefecture 965-0003
Telephone: 0242 23 7277
Mon – Sun: 9:00am to 5:00pm