For our fourth piece, we introduce Miyuki Senou from the yagenbori group, which manages 10 dining facilities in Kyoto and Tokyo.
Ms. Senou studied in Boston, Massachusetts during high school and college. After working as an okami (head female serving staff) at the yagenbori restaurant in Akasaka, Tokyo, she began to work at Morgan Stanley. She moved back to Kyoto when she got married and then became a member of the executive board of yagenbori group. Ms. Senou travels between Kyoto and Tokyo often, and when she wants to send a gift from Kyoto, she selects: fu (thin bread of wheat) manjū from Fuka.
“People living in Tokyo rarely have the opportunity to taste namafu (raw wheat gluten) so when I send them the fu manjū as a gift, they are always surprised by the unique texture and flavor.” The namafu introduced in the manjū is sticky and chewy, and has a mild scent of seaweed, which is kneaded inside.
“Some people taste namafu in sweets for the first time. The manjū is not too sweet and very refined in taste. People are delighted when they find out that the manjū is being made by a over 200-year old fu specialty store as opposed to a sweets store.”
The manjū are delicately wrapped in bamboo leaves and it is the perfect summer gift. Can be stored in a refrigerator for up to 3 days.
Fuka Nishiki Ichiba store
Address: Sakai-cho kado, Nishiki Koji-dori, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto
Hours: 9:30 am to 6 pm (Closes at 5:30 on Wednesdays)
Closed: Mondays, the last Sunday from January to August
*The main Fuka store is located at Fucho Mae, Kyoto
The fu manjū are also available for purchase at JR Kyoto Isetan