Thursday, February 19, 2009
The Japanese confection that is sold at this bright, clean, cheerful shop is called manju. Some of these treats are little round mounds filled with a sweet bean filling and some are smooth, soft, chewy blocks flavored with things like raspberry, coconut, strawberry and orange. I chose a raspberry block. The taste was subtle but pleasant and the texture was fantastic, just a little bit of fun for your mouth. According to their website Shuei-Do manju was served to the Emperor of Japan on his last visit to the U.S. I plan to go back Shuei-Do when the weather warms up for their highly praised shaved ice. Shuei-do is located at 217 Jackson St. and they are closed on Mondays.