Updated: December 13, 2017
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Tsujiri Yatsuhashi: A Matcha Flavored Yatsuhashi Hits Kyoto!

The famous Tsujiri brand is now making a matcha-flavored yatsuhashi, a type of wagashi (traditional Japanese dessert) that is basically a rice dumpling stuffed with red bean paste and folded in a triangular shape. This type of wagashi is available in various flavors. Yatsuhashi has the perfect amount of chewiness and goes perfectly with green tea.

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Yatsuhashi | 八ツ橋

Yatsuhashi is a type of wagashi (traditional Japanese dessert) that is basically a rice dumpling stuffed with red bean paste and folded in a triangular shape. This type of wagashi is available in various flavors. Yatsuhashi has the perfect amount of chewiness and goes perfectly with green tea.

The wagashi is made in 3 different ways: baked, unbaked, and unbaked with adzuki bean paste.

-Baked version-
Traditional yatsuhashi is made when the mochi dough is flattened and baked until it gets hard. The shape of the crackers is roundish which resembles a Japanese harp or a bamboo stalk cut in half lengthwise. It has a crispy texture and you may find it slightly hard to bite and break with your teeth. It usually comes in cinnamon flavor, and you can smell and taste the intense cinnamon spice as you bite into the crackers.

-Unbaked version-
It is called Nama Yatsuhashi (生八ツ橋). The steamed mochi is rolled out and cut into small rectangular shape, and you can serve it right away. There are different flavors for Nama Yatsuhashi such as cinnamon and matcha (green tea powder) flavors.

-Unbaked with adzuki bean paste version-
Nama Yatsuhashi with adzuki bean paste (餡入り生八ツ橋) is popular these days. The sweet is square thin mochi folded into a triangle shape and filled with adzuki bean paste (粒餡).

You can try all of the above and find your favorite version based on your preference.

Tsujiri Nama Yatsuhashi | 辻利 生八ツ橋

Tsujiri | 辻利

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Tsujiri, the renowned Kyoto-based tea manufacturer with a history that traces back to 1860 specializes in Uji matcha. The store, which is operated not only as a tea and sweets store but also as a cafe that provides “a unique matcha experience” with various choices of desserts such as handcrafted teas, matcha milk, matcha-flavored ice cream, and wagashi. The traditional Japenese-style storefront and interior give out a good vibe that may make you feel relaxed once you enter the store.
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The yatsuhashi made by Tsujiri is simply called the Tsujiri nama yatsuhashi. It is different from the ordinary yatsuhashi in that uji matcha is added to the mochi! Hokkaido adzuki bean paste is used and the sweet is folded in the typical triangular shape. It comes with a packet of matcha powdered sugar that you sprinkle on the the yatsuhachi before you serve it. The match yatsuhashi goes really well with matcha tea.

Price: 500 yen/box (8 pieces in a box)
*It is only available in-store.

It's been very popular since its release! It makes a great souvenir when you travel to Kyoto.

Yatsuhashi Recipe

If that sounds good to you, how about you try making it yourself! Here is a simple recipe.

Ingredients

20 grams Japanese rice flour (joshinko)
10 grams Glutinous rice flour (shiratamako)
20 grams Sugar
50 grams Adzuki bean paste (tsubu-an)
5 grams Roasted soybean flour (kinako)
5 grams Cinnamon
60 ml Water

Method

Step 1: Mix glutinous rice flour with a little amount of water in a microwave-safe bowl. When the dough is blended together evenly, add the remaining water and mix it with a spatula.

Step 2: Add the sugar and rice flour to the mixture and mixed well. Then, microwave it for a minute covered with a plastic wrap. Next, the mixture is stirred with a wet spatula and microwave again for another minute. The mixture is stirred again with a wet spatula.

Step 3: Roasted soybean flour and cinnamon are added into the dough a small amount at a time and the dough is rolled in a downward motion. After that, the dough is flattened thinly and cut into squares.

Step 4: A generous scoop of adzuki paste is placed in the center of each square and sealed into a triangle shape gently.

Lastly...

There are also many other types of wagashi that are famous in Kyoto. Do not miss them when you are there.
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