This is the second part of a three-part series. Please read the first part of the series - Why? to get an idea of what Kunpen is and why I am doing this set of reviews.
I started my kunpen reviews by just buying whatever kunpen I could find at grocery stores, department stores, shops in tourist areas, and wherever else I came across them. Most of these easily-found kunpen turned out to be unexceptional… except for two: Miyagi and Sakumoto Mochiten.
御菓子御殿 Okashi Goten
This Okinawan landmark is known for its purple potato tarts, but it also offers two kinds of kunpen - large and small. The large konpen is more about the gawa or bun, which is soft but flavorful, not too sweet, with a whole-grain flavor. The filling is unexceptional.
The smaller Okashi Goten konpen, which has a different package, has the same soft gawa, but the filling has more sesame flavor and is gentle and not too sweet.
サニー食品 Sunny Shokuhin
Quite hard and dry bun, with harder filling, too. The filling is a little crunchy and much sweeter than the Okashi Goten. However, other than sweet, there is not much flavor or character here. So uninspiring that I forgot to take a photo.
株式会社誠もち店 Makoto Mochiten - Beni-Imo Kunpen
|Makoto Mochiten Beni-imo Kunpen|
The "Beni-imo Kunpen" has a very small amount of filling for the size of the bun. No nutty smell at all, which makes sense because it does not contain sesame or peanuts. It contains purple sweet potato, and this brings up the question of whether it is kunpen or not. The whole reason I am trying all these kunpen is to find something nutty and delicious. This is not kunpen. That having been said, the bun is chewy and sweet, quite nice. And the beni-imo filling is not bad. But again, it ain't kunpen, people! Having purple potato kunpen is like having a plate of steaming non-dairy, sugarless, eggless liver and onions ice cream. It might taste good, but it ain't ice cream. It's liver with onions, dammit! I think I have made my point and will move on now.
株式会社誠もち店 Makoto Mochiten - Kokuto Kunpen
|Makoto Mochiten Kokuto Kunpen|
大福製菓 Daifuku Seika
|Daifuku Seika Kunpen|
マルキヨ製菓 Marukiyo Seika
大城製菓 Oshiro Seika
株式会社くしけんSS Gushiken SS
みやぎ菓子店 Miyagi Kashiten
|Miyagi Kunpen from Ishigaki Island|
佐久本もち店 Sakumoto Mochiten Konpen
Go on to the third part of the series - Shuri Kunpen.
This is the second of four installments:
- Quest for Kunpen, Part 1: Why
- Quest for Kunpen, Part 2: Department Store Kunpen in which I review 14 kunpen found in department stores
- Quest for Kunpen, Part 3: Shuri Kunpen in which I review three very special kunpen from Shuri
- Quest for Kunpen, Part 4: Naha by Chance in which I add some Naha old town favorites