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  • Honey88 Nov 21, 2002 03:29 AM
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Please help me, I'm desperate to find these Japanese cream cookies!!

I recently went to Japan and picked up, on a whim, these "Half Moon" biscuits. They're two very fine wafers with green tea or red bean cream filling between them. The wafers are semi-circles, with a rabbit in a moon embossed on them (how cute!!).

These biscuits were the most delicious, crispy snacks ever! They were quite brittle and you had to break them before eating them or they'd fly all over the place.

My sister has heard so much about these biscuits, she really wants to try them. Unfortunately, I've finished them (*grin*) and am now searching for more.

Recommendations for substitutes also welcome.... I've heard of "French biscuits" in Clement street grocery stores, but am not sure they're the same thing?

Thanks for the help

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  1. I'm not familiar with these particular cookies but you might try 99 Ranch Market.

    1. Try Maruwa at the corner of Sutter and Webster in Japantown i n SF. It is an all Japesne supermarket - very friendly staff - and they have everything you need. I shop there at least twice a week.

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      1. re: Steve Posin

        Thanks for the help. I'll keep you updated. I've got my fingers crossed as these biscuits looked pretty posh (individually wrapped, boxed etc), and were bought at a counter in Taka or Mitsukoshi.

        1. re: honey88

          You know, those biscuits sound a bit like Gaufres. They are from Kobe and are thin round cookies with a cream filling sandwiched in between.

          Anyway, if you got those biscuits at a fancy department store counter, you might want to try calling Takashimaya in New York to see if they carry them.

          Good luck! It's fun trying to track down such things.

      2. Wow, those cookies sound really good! I'd start calling the stores on the attached list. Mitsuwa Marketplace in San Jose is a large Japanese grocery store, so that might be a good bet, but it's kind of far from SF. Still, if the cookies are that good, the drive might be worth it!

        Can you let us know if you track them down?

        Link: http://www.telephoneguide.com/SF08450...

        1. I think I may have just read about these cookies - Yoku Moku cookies. As I recall, you can get them in high-end department store food departments, such as Bloomingdales. Good luck!

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          1. re: Angie5

            Hello,
            I don't think she is talking about Yoku Moku, since they don't come in a semicircle shape or have those cream fillings in them. BUT, since you mention Yoku Moku, I thought I would let you know that Neiman Marcus in Union Square has a full selection. They are DELICIOUS, and I am currently a bit obsessed with them.

          2. I went to Maruwa and didn't find them.... however I think the gaufres recommendation may be on the money. I still have the brochure somewhere and will be running it by some Japanese speaking friends of mine soon.

            What are the Yoku Moku cigares like BTW? I've seen them but they're so expensive, I always pause in front of the display then walk on!

            Oh well, just an excuse to go to Japan again I guess!!

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            1. re: Honey88

              I looked for gaufres online and couldn't find any. They are all over Japan, though, as I recall. I'm sure there's a source in the US, but I just don't know what it is.

              Oh, the Yoku Moku cookies are SO GREAT. At Neiman Marcus they have a whole variety. I think they even have a variety box for $20 or $25? I guess that's a lot for cookies, but they are worth it! As for the cigar cookies, there are three kinds: plain, chocolate-filled, and tea-flavored. The tea ones are INCREDIBLE. They have this wonderful fragrance and flavor of really good black tea. Yum. You know, you might want to go to Neiman's and ask for a sample. If you're going to spend that much on cookies, the least they could do is offer you a taste.

              Good luck!

            2. Did you ever find these? I know exactly which ones you mean. (We received them as a gift from someone who was visiting from Japan.) We are now frantically looking for them also. I've tried their website (www.paqtomog.com), but it's in Japanese and they don't seem to offer online orders.

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              1. re: nangel

                You may be able to by Gaufre at Mitsuwa in San Jose. They do have them at the Mitsuwa in Torrance (Southern California).

                1. re: Wendy_san

                  i just bought some of these at the odakyu department store in tokyo, after remembering them from a package that was shared at a coffee thing i went to years ago and wanting some more. this doesn't help for people in the US, i know, and i don't know japanese, but i can see if i can get the packaging translated by one of my coworkers and report back.

                  there's also a little pamphlet that came with them, so i'll check that out too.

                2. re: nangel

                  A new high-end Japanese sweet shop just opened up in downtown SF called Minamoto Kitchoan at 648 Market Street x Montgomery St. Everything is imported directly from Japan and since almost every single cookie, mochi, wafer, etc is individually wrapped it maintains freshness. Be forewarned that the prices can be a bit ridiculous. $3/mochi? Gah!

                  If you don't find your cookie, I bet it's worth a looksee at all the beautiful set up... maybe get a gift there. Good luck!

                3. HERE THEY ARE!!!! HERE THEY ARE.

                  http://sweet-travel.blogspot.com/2010...

                  Sheraton in Japan sells them. We got these as a wedding favor. LOVE>

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                  1. re: PhantomCats

                    These Gaufres are slightly different from what the OP was asking about. They are also great though and can be found in the US.

                    1. re: killersmile

                      They can? These are the ones I am longing. I had to keep my hubby from eating mine. Where can I get these. I'm sure they're commercialized..... since they come from Sheraton....probably imported from NY to Japan. LOL.

                      If you can give me a site, I would appreciate it. I don't understand OP. I'm new at this. Oh OP is a person who was interested, I'm guessing. Thank you Killersmile

                      1. re: PhantomCats

                        OP stands for original poster meaning the person who started this thread. Gaufres can be bought at Mitsuwa, although I don't know if they have one in your area. Also, kind of pricey and too easy to eat! http://shop.mitsuwa.com/eng/egoods/ed...

                  2. I know which one you are talking about. I picked it up at the Tokyo Station Daimaru department store. A little different from the Gaufret which I also like, this one is a thicker crispier wafer. I don't think I have seen these sold outside of Japan. Here is the product website in Japanese. http://www.kamakuragoro.co.jp/product...