Awamochi-dokoro Sawaya

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    Awamochi-dokoro Sawaya

    Simple yet delicious traditional sweets at the teashop near Tenjin-san

    Sawaya was established during the Edo period (1600-1868) and is located near Kitano Tenman-gu Shrine.  The shop only makes one kind of sweet, Awamochi dumplings.  Awamochi are traditional dumplings made with foxtail millet.  After steaming the foxtail millet and pounding into glutinous dough, the dough is then rolled out into dumpling sizes by hand.  Finally, they are coated with either red bean paste or soybean flour.  This simple yet delicious sweet has to be eaten fresh so they make their Awamochi dumplings a couple of times a day to provide a fresh product for their customers.  Soft and moist millet dumplings have the lovely texture of millet grain.  The red bean paste with just the right sweetness and soybean flour matches the millet dumplings perfectly.  At first 5 dumplings per serving seems a little heavy though you will soon realize that it is not at all since they go down easily so you might find yourself wanting another serving.  For take away, 10 Awamochi dumplings start from 1,100 yen, and at most 50 pieces can be assorted in a box at every 5 pieces.  You can also choose either a red bean paste or soybean flour coating.

    Translation to English by AD BRAIN INC.
    Fujin-gaho,July issue,2010


    Name Awamochi-dokoro Sawaya
    Address 838-7 Kamiyagawa-cho, Imakoji-dori Onmae-nishi-iru, Kamigyo-ku, Kyoto
    Tel 075-461-4517 
    Hours 9:00- around 17:00 (closed when items are sold out)
    Closed Thurs. & 26th every month (open on Sun. & national holidays)
    Recommended Café space is available where only Awa-mochi is served; Take a seat and they will serve you a freshly made Awa-mochi rice cake and green tea (550 yen/5 pieces).