Updated: July 13, 2017
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What's Mizu Yokan And How To Make It?

Japan's summer often gets very hot and humid. Mizu yokan (水ようかん), or red bean jelly, is one of the popular summer desserts of Japan that can make you cool down. What is mizu yokan and how do people enjoy it? Also, I will introduce a recipe for the authentic mizu yokan!

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Mizu yokan

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Mizu Yokan (水ようかん/水羊羹) is a simple dessert made of red bean paste, agar, and sugar. The word yokan itself refers this red bean jelly, and when it is chilled, it is called mizu (means water) yokan that is popular during summertime in Japan.

Mizu yokan contains less agar and more water, which makes the texture softer and smoother than a standard yokan. It is a refreshing and elegant dessert, you can enjoy the natural flavor and sweetness of the ingredients.

Types and servings

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It is common to put chestnuts in for both regular yokan and mizu yokan. They go very well with the sweet red beans.
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Served with kinako (soy beans powder). The combination of sweet red bean and kinako is often seen in Japanese desserts.
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Typically yokan is made from red bean paste, but they also use white kidney bean paste called "shiro an (白あん)". Some people prefer this type of yokan as it is milder and milkier.
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Traditionally people have made mizu yokan using a tude-shaped container. Now some shops sell them in bamboo. You push mizu yokan from the one side and slice to eat.


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It is not difficult to make it at home! Give it a try!
# Ingredients (4 servings)

-150g Sweet red bean paste
-30g Sugar
-2g Agar
-600ml Water

# Directions

1. Process the red bean paste until it gets smooth.
2. Put water and agar in a pot and boil for 1-2 minutes.
3. Add the liquid to the red bean paste little by little and mix them together.
4. Add suger and mix well.
5. Strain into a mold and chill it.

Delicious and refreshing summer dessert, mizu yokan!

Check out other Japanese summer desserts from the links below.
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