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Hakodate Sakaman's Sake flavor bun filled with sweet bean paste

The other day, when the cherry trees were in full bloom, my husband wanted to eat sake flavored buns sold at a shop near the Marui department stores. Hakodate Sakaman is located across the exit to the direction of Chuo Hospital. A bun costs only 50 yen and if you like, you can eat in there. We bought twenty bunsfor two. But we ate them up within the day.
sake flavor buns
Usually, they have three flavors. White one is a sakaman with sake flavor. When you eat it, you can feel faint aroma of sake. Green buns are yomogi, or tansy. For brown color bun, brown sugar is used. Pink bun had salted-cherry-leaf taste. It was limited time offer, I believe.

Last week, I made buns for my grandmother. She has become a centenarian! So I made her red and whitebuns to celebrate using this recipe.

There was left over of powdered red beans which I used for bekomochi, so I started with anko, or sweet red bean paste.
sweet bean pate making

I made about 30 balls of anko bean paste and then, wrap them with dough and steamed.
red and white buns

It was challenging and next time, I'd like to make sakaman for father's day.

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Do you want pets?/ペットをお求めの際は...

If you want to live with a dog or cat, how about checking the following places before you go to pet shops or have contacts with breeders?

1) New owner network run by Hokkaido prefectural government

2) New owner network run by Hakodate city

3) New owner network run by Hokuto city

4) Dogs and cats rescue volunteer group in Hakodate

Recently, more and more people live with their pets, but behind this pet boom, there are many pitiful things. An article from Minamikaze, local news paper's district edition tells about the situation in Hakodate.

Pet owner who can't live with their pets any more because of leaving the city or being too old take their pets to the municipal health center. Last year, 82 dogs and 820 cats were taken to the center by their owners and 155 stray dogs were taken by the authority and local people. Among them, only 26 dogs and 27 cats were rescued by new owners or volunteers. The rest were killed. I feel really sorry for the fact.


Cherry blossoms of Sumiyoshi Shrine/住三吉神社の桜

Golden week ended. I drove through Goryokaku Park, but the parking lots around it were totally full, so I went to Sumiyoshi shrine which also has cherry trees on the way to the shrine. It was 6th of May, I believe.
Torii of Sumiyoshi Shrine

Sumiyoshi Shrine is on the way to Cape Tachimachi. It is a small shrines, so only known to locals. When I went to there on Sunday, 8th, it started to lose their petals. But there is another good cherry blossom viewpoint. It is Hakodate Hachimangu Shrine. I think their cherry trees will be in full bloom in a few days. When I visited there, they were just starting to bloom. They are my favorite places to enjoy beautiful cherry blossoms.

Bekomochi making/べこもち作り

Have you ever eaten "bekomochi"? Bekomochi is only known among people of Tohoku and Hokkaido. Around the time of Tango-no-sekku, or May 5th, people eat this glutinous steamed sweet cake. You can get bekomochi at Japanese-style confection stores. Usually, their appearance is brown and white marble pattern and for the brown color, brown sugar is used.

Every year, my grandmother used to make bekomochi by herself. She used red-bean powder and coarse sugar(zarame, in Japanese) instead of brown sugar. She is too aged to make bekomochi for us, so I began to make bekomochi by myself. This year is the second challenge for me.

I use red bean powder sold at Marui department store and bekomochi flower sold at Uocho supermarket. Bekomochi flower is powdered sticky rice.
べこもち材料

A box of bekomochi flower is 500g, but it was too much to knead. 300g may be better. If you use 300g of bekomochi flower, the same amount of coarse sugar and one third of powdered red bean powder is needed.
bekomochi2011
The photo above is bekomochi I made this year.

There are a few theories why it was named bekomochi. One theory is that "beko" means cow and marble patterns look like the patterns of cows. "Mochi" means sticky rice cake.

If you live in Hakodate or its neighborhood, why don't you try bekomochi?


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Akiko lives in a city next to Hakodate and loves to drive around Hakodate and surrounding area. I hope people who visit or live in the Southwest area of Hokkaido come to love the area, too.
函館の隣町在住で道南エリアのドライブ大好きAkikoです。道南を訪れたり、住んでいる人が土地を好きになってくれたらなぁ、と思います。

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