Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Mangoro's sweets review

I'm just done with my posts about my last Nobunaga Tour but there is still some room for a new post and a new category of the blog, one dedicated to "snacks and food" based or inspired on Nobunaga and his life.
I already mentioned the delicious Yumikake Sakura of Mochinobu shop in my short walk in Gifu, but I guessed that my visit to Mangoro, a shop of omiyage and snacks located in Azuchi, deserved a mention too, if not an article.

I was really curious about the culinary masterpieces of this shop, so on a dark afternoon after visiting Amanohashidate, I opted for a detour to Azuchi to get hold of the delicacies.

Here is the booty for the day that I'm going to review right now:
From left to right: the Makezo no Tsuba ("The Tsuba of Invincibility"), the Azuchi-Momoyama and the Nobunaga-gun Pie ("The Pie of Nobunaga's Army").

The "Tsuba of Invincibility" refers to a legend about the Battle of Okehazama and how Nobunaga got to use the Eiroku coins as a decoration for both his banners the tsuba of his favourite sword.
The "Nobunaga Army" of the third pastry refers to the sumo wrestlers that he used to employ as an entertainment in his tournaments of Azuchi Castle.

If you got to know me well enough, by now you shpuld know that I'm not a fan of Japanese sweets, so probably this review may result as a bit unprecise-- Sorry in advance.
The Makezo no Tsuba is an interesting experiment. The filling is composed by two different jams, one of the usual red beans, and the other by another kind of sweet beans, but white in colour. I think that honey was added to the white beans paste, but I'm not sure.
The "container" has the consistency and feel of a wafer, but it's generally even more insipid. The contrast between the crispy outside and the dense and soft inside is very interesting.

The Azuchi-Momoyama was the pastry with the best look, but the flavour left me quite perplexed.
Again, the filling is mere red azuki paste, but the dough feels Western in its preparation. Among the ingredients I spotted egg yolk and glutinous floor, and that's probably its result.
The feel in your mouth when munching is quite doughy and dry.... It doesn't go down easily and it's far from pleasant.

Surprisingly, I'd say that my favourite is the Nobunaga-gun Pie: probably it's just because it's a shortcrust, so my Western tastes recognized something like a proper pastry, but even the filling was definitely better, flavoury and pleasant in the mouth. The ingredients specify that the filling is made with azuki from Hokkaido, probably it made the difference?

These aren't the only "Nobunaga-inspired" sweets of Mangoro shops, there is also the Sengoku Tenka Mochi, inspired to the deeds of the three unifiers of Japan and their "mochicious" Realm...


  1. Più leggo queste cose, più credo che Nobu dovesse veramente essere in salute, perché dopo tutti questi dolci il suo sangue doveva essere praticamente zucchero fuso. Voglio assolutamente assaggiare la Nobunaga-gun Pie, già dalla descrizione è assolutamente geniale.

    1. Vabbeh, ma ai suoi tempi mica esisteva questa roba XD Mangiava dango, mochi e castella, mica tiramisù e torte sacher! Che pericolo potevano mai essere per la sua salute ;3 ..?

      I dolcetti più buoni sono stati sicuramente la "Pie" di Mangoro e lo "Yumikake" del Nobumochi dove parlo qui:

      Non sono riuscita ad assaggiare il "Sengoku Tenka Mochi" di Mangoro, e la dorayaki ispirata a Nouhime sempre a Gifu perché non ricordavo i kanji con cui erano scritti e non ricordavo quale negozio aveva cosa x'DDD Io ti consiglio di provarli tutti, comunque! Tanto costano pochissimo (mi pare 130 yen l'uno!), ed è interessante assaggiare queste robine tipiche :D !