While Japan’s most-famous signature dishes may be universally savoury, many people are surprised by the quantity of sweet treats on offer throughout the country. From Kyoto to Osaka, local people are partial to all things sugary, be it cakes or crepes, mochi or dango.
Here to tell us more about Japan’s collective love for desserts is Emma, founder of food and lifestyle blog, Supper in the Suburbs. Emma is a self-confessed obsessive when it comes to Japanese fare, and here she fills us in on what makes the country’s sweet treats so tempting:
“One part of Japanese cuisine that is often forgotten about is the sweeter side. From sugary breakfast treats to delicious desserts and sweet snacks, there are tonnes of confections to choose from. Traditionally these are made with rice and sweet red beans (mochi, daifuku) but, as Japan continues to be influenced by the west, fusions like souffle cheesecakes, crepes and fruit sandos (fruity sandwiches) are becoming increasingly popular!
“One of the most exciting things about Japanese puddings are the combinations of flavours - salted caramel and miso is an unexpected but moreish pairing, yuzu and blueberry is much more classic combo, and of course you have to have matcha flavoured desserts too!
“As with most food in Japan puddings and other sweets are beautifully prepared. They are often a real work of art.”