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Ichigo Daifuku – Japanese Sweets

Posted in Places, Shops, Stuff by tokyobling on July 12, 2012

This my friends, is my absolute favorite when it comes to Japanese traditional sweets. The Ichigo Daifuku (苺大福) is a strawberry inside sweet bean paste covered in a layer of powdered and pounded sweet sticky rice paste. It is much better than it sounds and even people who are usually not into red bean paste enjoy this one! There’s several other variants where instead of strawberry you have other sweets and fruits or even salt or coffee! But this is the best one. Found in a Ginza sweet shop. Expensive but well worth it.

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  1. QQ said, on July 12, 2012 at 3:36 am

    Very pretty. I’ve never had them with fresh fruit before… I guess the tang of the strawberry & the sweetness of the red bean paste goes well together? Good to know they are not just expensive overseas.

    • tokyobling said, on July 18, 2012 at 11:24 am

      Yes, I think so! It’s nearly the perfect combination I think. With expensive I mean 150-300 yen depending on size, quality and brand! (^-^;)

  2. pk1154 said, on July 12, 2012 at 12:32 pm

    The strawberries look like little flames. The display shows such care (of course).

    • tokyobling said, on July 18, 2012 at 11:25 am

      Yes, everything in Ginza is like this, just perfect! (^-^)

  3. Emma Reese said, on July 12, 2012 at 2:04 pm

    This ichigo-daifuku is an art! My daughter will go berserk!

    • tokyobling said, on July 18, 2012 at 11:26 am

      Hahaha… I think so! (^-^)

  4. jon singer said, on July 12, 2012 at 3:15 pm

    I’m with @QQ — have not seen them with fresh fruit before. Gotta be great that way.

    I find it interesting that many southeast Asian sweets (not just Japan — also Indonesia, and especially Korea) are not particularly sweet in Western terms. This certainly isn’t true of everything — I’ve had some lovely Thai stuff that was not terribly sweet, and some lovely Thai things that were nearly as sweet as Western desserts — but it is quite common. I’ve eaten desserts that were barely sweet at all, and some are even salty. Anyway, a lovely photo of a lovely presentation. Thank you!

    • tokyobling said, on July 18, 2012 at 11:27 am

      Yes, my Japanese friends often refuse to eat western food and candy as it is just too sweet. Thank you for your kind words! (^-^)

  5. JUURI said, on July 12, 2012 at 7:55 pm

    My mouth wants to eat your photo… but wait, it’s a wax display, right? ^^;

    • tokyobling said, on July 18, 2012 at 11:28 am

      Haha… I want to eat it too! No, this is the real stuff I think! I think… I hope… (^-^;)

  6. Timi said, on July 17, 2012 at 6:55 pm

    Drooool…looks..tasty, too tasty :D Now it’s the season for raspberries, so I might bake something the day after tomorrow. (°-°)

    • tokyobling said, on July 18, 2012 at 12:05 pm

      Raspberry Daifuku?! (^-^)

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