I'm always particularly excited when Fi sends packages, as they are quite often, Japanese foodstuffs and, in particular, Manjū. This parcel did not disappoint and I was thrilled to see the little doughy ovals (individually wrapped of course - there's no other way in Japan!). My beloved and I fell in love with these treats while travelling throughout the south of Japan with Fi during the blossom (sakura) season of 2008.
Once I saw these babies, I couldn't resist trying one!
YUM!Thank you so very much, dear Fi! You are such a special and thoughtful friend and I'm extremely lucky to have a person like you in my life!
On a concluding note, I personally think Asian desserts are far, far superior to Western treats (with the exception of a good tiramisu or vanilla slice!). The use of bean pastes, taro, coconut milk, pandan leaf, sago, jack fruit (not simultaneously...although there's an idea!) and the other various goods involved make for more complex and delicate flavours, less overbearing richness and, quite frankly, huge amounts of deliciousness! What do others think? If you're new to these flavours, I implore you to take a trip down to your local Asian bakery/grocery store to try some cakes/desserts NOW!