日本での一年間

April 2, 2009

Ise Shrine (Part 2 – Aka Fuku)

Filed under: Chubu, Cuisine, Desserts, Domestic, Food, Trips — myyearinjapan @ 3:48 pm

After the visiting the Outer Shrine, we went to a store called Aka Fuku to get something to eat, a recommend my friend had received when she told someone she was going to Ise. Aka Fuku is apparently the most famous store in Ise city. Their menu was very simple. They simply had a display case next to the cash register with two items inside. One was their famous Aka Fuku Mochi, Mochi (glutinous rice cake) topped with red bean paste, and the other was zensai, a kind of red bean soup with mochi in it. We ordered one of each and sat down.

Everyone sits on benches there and because the whole place is out to the open, they have cauldron like things with small fires gong that you can sit next to to keep warm. Along with the sweets, they give you all the hot green tea you want, continuing to refill until you leave. The food was delicious. And after going to Ise, we saw these sweets sold everywhere. They sold them at Ise station, Nagoya station, Kyoto station and Osaka station. Apparently, these sweets were originally only sold in Ise, but they became more popular and they’re now sold over a much larger region as souvenirs.

Here’s the Akafuku English Website, and the Japanese site.

The arcade that the main store of Aka Fuku is located in. They have at least 2 stores in Ise city.

The arcade that the main store of Aka Fuku is located in. They have at least 2 stores in Ise city.

Aka Fuku mochi and our tea. It makes a face!

Aka Fuku mochi and our tea. It makes a face!

same stuff from a normal angle

same stuff from a normal angle

zensai. we had to wait a little bit longer for them to bring it out.

zensai. we had to wait a little bit longer for them to bring it out.

Aka fuku waitress

Aka fuku waitress

The people sitting an enjoying their food in Aka Fuku

The people sitting an enjoying their food in Aka Fuku

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