Karukan

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Karukan | Japanese Confectionery of Kyushu

Karukan | Japanese Confectionery of Kyushu

Karukan is a Japanese confectionery made from karukan rice flour, sugar, grated Japanese yam, and water. The mixture is steamed which creates a white manju. The steaming is the most technical part of creating a perfect karukan. The ideal karukan will have a light spongey texture but too much steaming will harden the batter yet too little steaming will result in an undercooked karukan. In recent years it has become common to fill the manju with red bean paste. Karukan is a popular snack in Kagoshima and can be found in other parts of Kyushu like Miyazaki, Oita, and Fukuoka.

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