If you’ve been reading my blog, you know I’m a fan of Minamoto Kitchoan. I’ve tried a number of wagashi here. This time, I tried something a little different from what I would try, the oribenishiki. This is a little cake made with a red bean paste and chestnut filling. Inside the thin pastry wrapping is a darker filling of red bean paste and then a lighter whitish filling in the center of chestnuts.
Verdict: I like the thin outer pastry layer. The chestnut layer was pleasant, as I am a fan of chestnut. The red bean layer tastes like sweetened mashed beans. Having a bean flavor in a sweet is a new concept to me, and while this particular example was executed very well, it’s not to my taste. However, if you do like this type of pastry, I would rate Minamoto Kitchoan’s as very good.