|Momiji Manju - Ilya Genkin|
As it turns out, Momiji Manju are a specialty food of the Miyajima area- the same Miyajima famous for it's "floating" torii and shrines. There's even a class for tourists to learn to make our own manju! Oh, how I was fascinated by the steel moulds I saw being used in Asakusa to make these. How did the doughnuts not stick? How do they bake the filling right in, not pipe it? It isn't the same texture as the 'pancake' kind of doughnut you can get here. Not the same at all! In fact, I find the pancake kind to be too sticky, too overly sweet, and too... 'wet', almost soggy, to be enjoyed. Momiji manju are just so perfect!
Oh, manju, how I miss you! One day, I will go back to Asakusa, and I will buy a thousand of you. In kimono. And I will become very fat and happy forever! ... or at least, until I follow it up with unadon and tamagoyaki. Really, the Japanese have the BEST foods. Try them as often as possible!