Tsutaya’s Sweets 歴史ロマン薫る蔦屋のお菓子
Apart from the Hirado traditional sweets Casdoce and Gobo Mochi, we at Tsutaya take pride in offering our customers a wide range of different “wagashi”: Japanese sweets. Made by our skilled craftsmen and according to our traditional recipes, each product is carefully made by hand. Whether you want your daily snack for the family table, or that special present for a special someone, please enjoy the exclusive taste of Hirado culture and tradition that we have been providing for over five centuries.
Casdoce is one of the sweets that was brought to Hirado through the trade with the Portuguese. Tsutaya is the first company to make this sweet in Japan. Pieces of castella cake that are specifically made for Casdoce are dipped in well beaten egg yolk and lightly boiled in syrup before being rolled in sugar. This is the signature sweet of our company. Please enjoy the crunchy sugar and the elegant sweetness in combination with the rich flavor of the egg yolk.
|Casdoce (5 pieces)|
|Casdoce (9 pieces)|
|Casdoce (15 pieces)|
|Casdoce (20 pieces)|
牛蒡餅 gobo mochi
Together with Casdoce, this is one of the most well-known sweets of Tsutaya which is also featured in the Book of 100 Sweets. It is said to have been introduced from China and has been used in Hirado since old times for celebrations or mourning as well as for the tea ceremony. We have two Gobo mochi varieties: with caster sugar and with yomogi (mugwort). Gobo means burdock in Japanese and is named after its resembling looks.
|Gobo Mochi (12 pieces)|
|Gobo Mochi (20 pieces)|
|Gobo Mochi (30 pieces)|
For a long time this sweet only remained as a drawing in the Book of 100 Sweets. With the help of the Matsura Historical Museum, we have recreated this old sweet as part of our “revived sweets” series. The paste inside is made from black sesame mixed with sweet azuki bean paste. This is wrapped in a thin layer of mochi and dusted with fine Japanese wasanbon sugar.
|ubatama (4 pieces)|
The Matsukasa monaka has the shape of a cute pinecone and is packed with a roughly ground sweet bean paste made from Hokkaido dainagon azuki beans. The Yuzu monaka has the texture of a yuzu citrus fruit and contains a smooth bean paste mixed with yuzu from Zenkaen farm in Hirado, which is also famous for its unique domestic citrus fruit called Hirado Natsuka. Please enjoy the harmony between the subtle sweetness and the fresh aroma of yuzu.
五三焼き Gosan Yaki
Gosan Yaki, or Gosan castella cake as it was called in the Edo period, is said to be called this way, because it is even more delicious than the 5 tastes (Gosan) that humans can observe. It is made from the best local Hirado eggs picked in the morning and baked only by our most experienced master bakers. Different from the regular castella cake you can enjoy an even richer smell and deeper taste
桃の水大福 Mizu Daifuku Mochi
Tsutaya’s peach mizu daifuku mochi is a Hirado favourite in summer. A small unripe peach is made tender in water, covered with white sweet bean paste and then wrapped in a tender skin of mochi. The mochi is made from a special type of flower that doesn't turn hard, even when chilled. The juicy peach and sweet bean paste as well as the soft scent of the wrapping Sasa bamboo leaf make this a refreshing delight on a hot summer day.
かすていら Castella Cake
Castella cake is a Portuguese sweet that was first introduced to Hirado and then to Nagasaki and the rest of Japan. At Tsutaya we make our castella cake with plenty of eggs and each one gets baked with special care by our experienced craftsmen. Apart from the traditional plain castella cake we also offer an elegant matcha castella cake.
竹流し水ようかん Mizu Yokan
This is a new summer classic at Tsutaya. The subtle sweetness of our homemade mizu yokan is just right, and is poured into natural bamboo from Kyoto. You can use the provided pin to perforate the bamboo and get the mizu yokan out. Please enjoy the mizu yokan on the Sasa bamboo leaf in which it is wrapped.
みたらし・よもぎ団子 Mitarashi & Yomogi
The sauce for the mitarashi dango is made from Hirado soy sauce. The yomogi dango, which has yomogi kneaded in with the dango, has toppings of sweet beans paste made from Hokkaido dainagon azuki beans. Both types are carefully hand made by our staff and skewered one-by-one. They are sold in small cup so they are good to take home as a souvenir or to enjoy whilst strolling around town.
Our cute manju resemble the shape of Kuroko Island which you can see from Hirado harbour. We have four varieties for you to enjoy: “Kuroko” has smooth sweet bean paste wrapped in a skin that contains brown sugar, “Einishi” has smooth sweet bean paste wrapped in a skin that contains matcha tea powder. “Usuhada” has roughly ground bean paste wrapped in a very thin skin and “Sake” has a smooth sweet bean paste wrapped in a skin that has the subtle fragrance of sake.
|Kuroko Manju, Einishi Manju, Usuhada Manju, Sake Manju|
This bite size butter pound cake is inspired by the English hero William Adams. The pound cake that has a rich butter aroma is dipped in a syrup made from Arrack, one of the first foreign liquors to enter Japan. The aroma of the butter, almonds and the liquor provide the elegant and pleasant fragrance of this new Tsutaya sweet.
善作もち Zensaku Mochi
This is a small dorayaki that carries the name of one of our Tsutaya ancestors who was one of Hirado’s master sweet makers. The carefully crafted sweet bean paste is wrapped between the two pancake like patties made from rice flour. Different from normal dorayaki, this Tsutaya original has a soft doughy bite to enjoy.
どら焼・半どら Dora Yaki
Tsutaya’s dorayaki is well-loved by the local people in Hirado. The roughly ground sweet bean paste is made from Hokkaido dainagon azuki beans which is wrapped between two pancake like patties made with milk. At tsutaya we offer four varieties: the basic “Tsubu-an”, “Nama” with added whipped cream, “Matcha” with matcha tea powder and whipped cream and “Ichigo” which contains strawberry pieces. For ease of eating we also sell our dorayaki in half size.
|Dorayaki (Tsubu-an, Nama)|
|Half Dorayaki (Tsubu-an, Ichigo, Matcha, Nama)|
平戸夏菓の半熟カステラ Half Baked Citrus Castella Cake
This half baked castella cake uses Natsuka, a local summer orange from the Hirado Zenkaen citrus farm. This half baked castella cake has a very rich and moist consistency with the refreshing zest of Natsuka citrus fruit. Eat this chilled and the castella cake will melt in your mouth. Please enjoy this delicious speciality during the hot Hirado summer.
今平戸（こんぺいとう） Ima Hirado
Confeito is Portuguese candy that was brought to Hirado through the trade with the Portuguese. Now called konpeito in Japanese, this candy has been adapted and uses Hirado sea salt which is rich in minerals. The sweet and salty taste of this new Konpeito creates a perfect balance and is perfect for supplementary mineral intake on a hot day.
花かすてぃら hana castella
This is a mixture between western sweets and Japanese wagashi sweets. The castella cake has a lovely hint of cinnamon and is filled with sweet bean paste. Hana castella features in the Book of 100 Sweets, a precious book from the Edo period and is also mentioned in Dutch culinary books from that time. It is one of the representative sweets in Hirado and Nagasaki for its mix of different cultures.
|Hana Castella (6 pieces)|
|Hana Castella (12 pieces)|