Translated by Dan
Food in Asakusa: Snacks "Agemanju"from "Asakusa-kokonoe"
Written by Shiori Nakajima
Agemanju*, Asakusa's signature snack; the ones from "Aasakusa-kokonoe (浅草九重)" are especially famous. It is inside the Nakamise street close to the Main temple and it is considered as the best due to its taste and variety of the flavors! The nice smell makes you want to try one.
*"Agemanju" is kind of deep fried manju. Manju is a popular traditional Japanese confection. There are many varieties of manju, but most have the outer layer made from flour, rice powder and buckwheat and a filling of anko (red bean paste) that is made from boiled azuki beans and sugar. /source: Wikipedia
The Agemanju is deep fried at the store with a mix of three high brand oils which makes the Agemanju warm and crunchy on the outside. It is the perfect combination with the small sweet fillings of red bean.
The best selling Agemanju here is "Koshian (こしあん)." It uses a lot of Japanese small red bean. The perfect sweetness attracts the young and old. At this moment, the choice of flavors are the following eight flavors: Ageman (Koshian:こしあん), Black Sesame (Kuro-goma:黒ゴマ), Green tea (Matcha:抹茶), Golden sesame (Kin-goma:金ゴマ), Pumpkin (Kabocha:カボチャ), Custard cream (Custard cream:カスタードクリーム), Cherry blossom (Sakura:さくら) and Monja (similar to Osaki okonomiyaki:もんじゃ). Each Agemanju costs only between 120 yen to 200 yen.
The Asakusa-kokonoe is particular about its bean paste and its deep fried layer. Which one would you try?
Some group customers get every kind and share the flavors among the group. And, this is the new flavor, MONJA! It is hard find this savory flavour elsewhere. The price of Monja is 170 yen.
Instead of bean paste or custard, its filled with real Monja* inside. The seaweed and soy sauce mixed into the skin gives an easy taste. It has the right amount of salt, so I recommend visitors who are not good with sweets to try. This seems to be a weird collaboration of Agemanju and Monja, but addicting in fact. Please give it a try.
*Monjayaki (もんじゃ焼き) (often called "monja") is a type of Japanese pan-fried batter with various ingredients. It is similar to okonomiyaki but monjayaki, a specialty of the Kantō region, is made with a dough more liquid than is okonomiyaki. /source: Wikipedia
Address: Asakusa 2-3-1, Taito-ku, Tokyo
Phone number: 03-3841-9386
Access: Tobu Skytree line, Tokyo Metro Ginza line, Tukuba Express, subway Asakusa line, "Asakusa (浅草)" station, 5 minutes walk
Hours: 9 am to 7 pm
Official website: http://agemanju.jp/ (Japanese)