momiji manju in japan (and a bowl of matcha too!)

For some time now, this photo of a bowl of matcha and a momiji manju cake in Hiroshima has been the most popular tea-travel photo on tea and travel.  So I thought I’d explain a little more about the lovely leaf-shaped snack depicted in it.  Momiji Manju are maple leaf-shaped steamed cakes and are the signature snack of the Hiroshima and Miyajima regions of Japan.

They are stuffed with sweet fillings such as red bean paste or chocolate cream (yum!) and a number of shops in the region make momiji manju on-site, using machines that look a little like those used to make commercial donuts.

I’ve searched high and low for a recipe online for these little gems, but to no avail (it doesn’t look like I’m the only one who’s searched, Eliza has been on her own Momiji Manju quest! here) if you have one then please leave a comment below.

I also came across these not so traditional, but super cute Hello Kitty Momji Manju, adorable!  You can also see coverage of this photo on Antony Perring’s food blog where he was kind enough to cover both the photo and this website!

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