The other day I walked past Korakudo (which I've written about here, and here) and had to take another look at their sign outside.
It said "karinto manju"...Karinto is a sweet deep fried treat made from flour and sugar. Manju is a steamed bun filled with sweet bean paste.
I usually don't go walking with money (because I'll buy stuff (I don't need)), but wanting to try this I brought some money with me and picked some up. 450 yen (about US$4.50) for 5.
These are brilliant. The dough is made with kokuto (black sugar) and the inside is filled with sweet bean paste.
The instructions say that they are best on the day you buy them, but if for some reason you can't finish them and need to put them in the refridge, just heat them up in the toaster to crisp and warm them up.
The sweetness from the karinto kind of overpowers the sweet bean paste but these are crunchy and addicting....I need some tea.
On the second day, I didn't warm them up and ate them as is. They were still quite crisp though the kokuto (black sugar) flavor wasn't as strong.
On Saturday, it was sunny and it was nice to see so many people walking about and checking out the sakura. I shot this short video on a side street where there weren't too many people.