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. 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.
I made about 30 balls of anko bean paste and then, wrap them with dough and steamed.
It was challenging and next time, I'd like to make sakaman for father's day.
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。