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Nov 3, 2010 01:30 PM

Where to find this Japanese snack?

I recently had a craving for this and voila, I found it at JTown last weekend! Except that they only had them with cinnamon, almost the only flavour I am not too keen about. They typically come in plain, or with green tea or black sesame.

They are called Namayatsu Hashi or just Yatsu Hashi, originally from Kyoto, Japan (and so I am happy to see them here). Does anyone happen to spot other flavours recently elsewhere in Toronto?

Thanks in advance.

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  1. Sorry, I can't help you, but thank you for putting this on my radar!

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    1. re: DealsCartel_Nathan

      You are welcome! You probably know of other sweet, chewy snacks made with rice flour but this is one of the more delicate ones in texture and taste. Not over-the-top sweet like most others.

    2. Actually, if they're from Kyoto they typically add cinnamon which is the most prevalent varietal compared to plain/green tea/black sesame. Cinnamon is actually Kyoto's version of plain Yatsu Hashi.

      I've never seen anything other than those flavors in Toronto however.

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      1. re: Notorious P.I.G.

        Yes, I realized that right after posting, when background checking to see if I got all the facts right ;-) It always baffles me that cinnamon is an ingredient in traditional Japanese cuisine.

      2. saw green tea nama-yatsuhashi in J-Town a month or so ago.

        1. Those look awesome. I've never heard of them -- can comeone explain what the are exactly? Rice flour pastries, I take it? I love black sesame AND green tea AND cinnamon, so this sounds right up my alley.
          J-Town the only place for them? Or would they be around at, say, T&T, by any chance?

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          1. I'm not sure either, but from the *sounds* of it, perhaps it's similar to the Korean rice flour dough-y snack that I get for Korean Harvest called songpyeon (
            )You can find these, and a fun-looking cake made with coloured & layered rice flour (mujigae dduk) in Korean supermarkets such as PAT. Probably different, but you might like it! Also, they're surprisingly very easy to make. Wonderful for potlucks since they keep well. Yummy.

            Erin =)