Are you planning to visit Kanazawa? Some of the most spectacular scenery in Japan can be found in the Hokuriku region where Kanazawa is, an area located in the northwest part of Honshu (the main island). Besides having great destinations for travel, the place is also blessed with various produce coming from the land and sea. If you’re looking for the best food souvenir in the area, here are 4 of the finest delicacies of Hokuriku!
Rakugan are hard dry sweets made of soy flour and sugar, and these are often regarded as a necessity in a Japanese tea ceremony. Kanazawa is the original home of these sweets, and this is also where you can also learn more about the local food culture. There are many rakugan shops in the city, which is no coincidence as this is also the city that houses a confectionery museum which displays the different wooden molds used in shaping different sweets such as rakugan.
Jiro ame is a traditional Japanese candy made by Tawara-ya, the oldest candy shop in Kanazawa, which is said the to have existed for more than 180 years. The candy is often called ‘mizuame’, or water candy, in Japan. It is made from rice and barley corn without sugar but is a little sweet. You eat it by scooping with a spoon or a chopstick and then licking it. A pack of this good stuff will set you back 1000 yen or a bit more.
Takara-no-fu is shaped like a treasure box and it contains gluten cake. It is a fine delight from Kanazawa which surprisingly can be converted to instant soup. All you have to do is to boil hot water and pour it into the cake cup. You can also find soup stock powder and dried vegetables in the small box. This snack is something that mothers are very happy about when it comes to the health of their children!
Kaga Bocha is a roasted twig tea that has a long history in Kanazawa. Opening a package of this tea can immediately diffuse a bright roasted aroma. It has a distinct flavor, which is creamy and sweet. Its color is clear and a very bright golden, and it pairs well with good (Japanese) food. It has a refined flavor with a pleasant aroma, and it doesn’t smell like it is burnt.
If you get the chance to travel to Hokuriku region, make sure to check these 4 typical Japanese delicacies considered to be among the finest! Enjoy them whilst giving particular attention to the different aspects of the taste.