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Where to find this Japanese snack?

tarteaucitron Nov 3, 2010 01:30 PM

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. DealsCartel_Nathan RE: tarteaucitron Nov 3, 2010 05:06 PM

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

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      tarteaucitron RE: DealsCartel_Nathan Nov 4, 2010 07:53 AM

      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. Notorious P.I.G. RE: tarteaucitron Nov 3, 2010 05:22 PM

      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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        tarteaucitron RE: Notorious P.I.G. Nov 4, 2010 08:00 AM

        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. lilith RE: tarteaucitron Nov 3, 2010 05:32 PM

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

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          Whats_For_Dinner RE: tarteaucitron Nov 4, 2010 01:30 PM

          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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            lilith RE: Whats_For_Dinner Nov 5, 2010 11:26 AM

            here you are:

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              Whats_For_Dinner RE: lilith Nov 6, 2010 07:39 AM


          2. ekim256 RE: tarteaucitron Nov 5, 2010 12:53 AM

            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 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/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 =)

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              lilaki RE: tarteaucitron Nov 5, 2010 06:59 AM

              i'm impressed that jtown has this! i've only ever had this in japan!

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                tarteaucitron RE: lilaki Nov 8, 2010 08:21 AM

                Me too! It seems that T&T no longer carry as many Japanese imports as before, so J-Town is becoming again my go-to place for these things.

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                ibbileyta RE: tarteaucitron Nov 6, 2010 01:00 PM

                Am I the only person who was confused by the title?

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                  JamieK RE: ibbileyta Nov 6, 2010 03:15 PM

                  No, not at all, I totally thought it was the usual meaning for WTF and didn't even open the post for a while thinking it was just a rant.!

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                    Yongeman RE: JamieK Nov 7, 2010 07:24 AM

                    I was also confused by 'wtf' in the title...I still am.

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                      szw RE: Yongeman Nov 7, 2010 07:38 AM

                      where to find

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                        Yongeman RE: szw Nov 9, 2010 07:31 AM

                        Ohhhhhh.....thanks, szw.

                    2. re: JamieK
                      eclecticsynergy RE: JamieK Nov 7, 2010 09:33 AM

                      The Wisconsin Trade Federation changed its name to the Wisconsin Federation of Trade so as not to be known as WTF. :-)

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                        Full tummy RE: JamieK Nov 9, 2010 03:45 PM

                        Me three!

                      2. re: ibbileyta
                        DealsCartel_Nathan RE: ibbileyta Nov 7, 2010 12:14 PM

                        Haha, nope! I actually checked out the thread because it had such a curious title and then had an "ooooooooh..." moment after reading the post.

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                          tarteaucitron RE: DealsCartel_Nathan Nov 8, 2010 08:17 AM

                          Oh. I myself used have the same reaction about this acronym. That is, until I saw it being used often enough, even on CH, to refer to "where to find", and thought it has become the norm. Maybe this board is more old school than others?

                          I will still be posting a lot of where to find's in the future, but with all this reaction, will revert to avoiding this provocative acronym from now on ;-)

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                            badrockandroll RE: tarteaucitron Nov 9, 2010 08:24 AM

                            Ok, thanks for clearing up the wtf . I too avoided this post because of my association of wtf with stuff that I generally don't care to read. Now that I have opened it though, I have discovered another acronym that I don't know: J,town. What does this stand for (never going to assume the obvious again) and where is it?

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                              sumashi RE: badrockandroll Nov 9, 2010 07:59 PM

                              J-town is a Japanese grocery store/market on the north side of Steeles, between Woodbine and Victoria Park. They have a bakery, cafeteria style restaurant, and fish market there as well as some other random Japanese goods.

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                          ibbileyta RE: ibbileyta Nov 9, 2010 05:09 PM

                          Thanks for all the feedback.
                          Perhaps we can adopt W2F for 'where to find'?

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                            DealsCartel_Nathan RE: ibbileyta Nov 9, 2010 08:59 PM

                            Sounds good to me! Although I must admit, I still get a kick out of the current thread title. :)

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                              tarteaucitron RE: DealsCartel_Nathan Nov 9, 2010 09:44 PM

                              Okay, I'll just use ISO (in search of) from now on!

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