Teahouse Confections - Japanese sweets for tea


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Teahouse Confections - Japanese sweets for tea

Postby chamekke » Oct 5th, '08, 23:47

I just discovered a brand new seller on Etsy who is offering handmade Japanese tea sweets or wagashi, and thought that some of my fellow Greenies on TeaChat might like to know:

Teahouse Confections

These moist sweets (also called omogashi) aren't very easily found outside Japan, so I thought this was pretty good news! In tea ceremony, such sweets are usually eaten immediately before receiving a bowl of matcha. In daily life they are often enjoyed as an accompaniment to sencha.

At the moment the seller is shipping mainly within the United States, as the current line of sweets are fairly perishable (no preservatives) and need to be shipped/received quickly. As I live in Canada, the cost of super-fast shipping would be prohibitive. When I convo'ed her, the seller said that she hopes in the future to offer other types of sweets that can last somewhat longer, and which can take longer shipping times. Otherwise, you can bet I'd be ordering her yatsuhashi and daifuku on the spot!
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Postby Geekgirl » Oct 5th, '08, 23:59

Whooo! Her version of pocky looks soooo yummy. :D
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Postby Victoria » Oct 6th, '08, 02:22

Oh no!! This is not good!
Ack!
Chamekke I blame you entirely for my newly developed mochi
addiction! I would have never tried them in Hawaii if you had not
expressed your fondness for them. So I had to buy them, and then
I had to EAT THEM ALL!!! I thought I was safe, they were far, far away,
now this??
I feel so weak ... help!!!
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Postby chamekke » Oct 6th, '08, 02:41

Victoria, I feel your pain. It is no fun to be mochi-addicted. Plus, the more you eat it, the more you love it. I hear your Ack! and raise you an Aaargh!

And can I just mention, ichigo-daifuku (strawberry daifuku) is the best - or is that the worst - of the lot:

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I would do just about anything for one of those babies. Good thing they're out of season :?
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Postby Victoria » Oct 6th, '08, 02:50

Oh my!!! Those look delish!

My little trip to the Shirokiya fresh food section was
tempting beyond belief. I guess I was the only one in my
extended family to have never tried them. They just
take them for granted! Along with the perfectness that is Hawaii.
Oy ... such a sad bedtime story.
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Postby chamekke » Oct 6th, '08, 02:59

Victoria wrote:I guess I was the only one in my
extended family to have never tried them. They just
take them for granted! Along with the perfectness that is Hawaii.


Heh. I hear that Hawaii is also home to a unique Japanese-style onigiri snack called Spam musubi. I'll let you decide whether or not it's delectable; I've never tried it :) Sounds like a definite guilty pleasure though.

My favourite onigiri is still the one with umeboshi (pickled plum) in the middle. Slurp.

Totally off topic now, but I like this cartoon (umeboshi FTW!). Check out the little cat salivating:

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Postby Victoria » Oct 6th, '08, 03:11

I'll pass on that Spam!
Cute drawing and I especially love the kitty!
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Postby tsusentei » Oct 6th, '08, 06:25

Nice find, thanks!
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Postby Smari » Oct 6th, '08, 12:26

chamekke- thanks for sharing!
We a have a local pastries shop here that sells wagashi and other yummy treats but I don't know if they deliver out. If I find out that they do, I will share you guys :)

I think I might have to stop by there today since you reminded me of this hehe.
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Postby Chip » Oct 6th, '08, 19:48

Looks interesting. I am pretty oblivious to Japanese sweets. The cheesecake looks yum. Is that really Japanese?
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Postby Pentox » Oct 11th, '08, 15:12

Ooooo this looks tempting. Then I can finally get some delivered and not have to go up to SF to get some.
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Postby chamekke » Oct 11th, '08, 16:34

Chip wrote:Looks interesting. I am pretty oblivious to Japanese sweets. The cheesecake looks yum. Is that really Japanese?


It didn't originate in Japan, but I gather that the Japanese are very fond of cheesecake :)

Also there may be a particular Japanese "take" on this dessert, in the same way that Japanese curry is not like anyone else's curry.
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Postby chamekke » Oct 11th, '08, 16:36

One of my fellow tea-ceremony students occasionally makes traditional sweets and brings them to the tearoom. I had yatsuhashi (a cinnamon-flavoured mochi sweet) for the first time only a couple of weeks ago. It's a particularly nice dessert... it'd be wonderful to be able to buy it this affordably at will.
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Wagashi and Meika Hiyoko

Postby rjiwrth » Apr 29th, '09, 20:30

I hope I've been here long enough to post a link..speaking of wagashi, this is the closest I've found to the real deal that you can order online in the US:
http://www.kitchoan.com/J/product/produ ... tsu_e.html

When I was in Japan, my guide gave me a gift in Tokyo. If only I could order them from the US because they are bliss:
Meika Hiyoko
http://www.hiyoko.co.jp/#
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Postby chingwa » Apr 29th, '09, 20:58

I've been to the minamoto kitchoan here in NYC many times. Their daifuku is sublime :)
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