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It’s “Oshiruko” season!!

One of the most popular traditional Japanese dessert is called Oshiruko. It is a sweet porridge of azuki beans boiled and crushed, served as a hot treat or dessert and is usually paired with mochi (sticky rice cake). There are also different styles of oshiruko, such as oshiruko with chestnuts, or with glutinous rice flour dumplings instead of the regular mochi. If you’re a fan of beans, you will be able to enjoy this thick, sweet and warm soup.

During colder months, you will start to see instant shikuro soup packets (where you usually just pour hot water to it) in any grocery stores. There is also the canned version with different varieties available from vending machines. If you’re that kind of person who is always on the go, the easiest way to get a warm drink is through the vending machines you can see anywhere. Apart from getting hot coffees and teas, try getting an oshikuro. It will not only keep your body warm, it will help fill you up and help provide your daily sugar supplement.

If you want to truly feel the Japanese winter, do give Oshikuro a try as it will only be available in a limited time!

By Monica Tamayao/ Staff Writer