This is a bit ぎりぎり since Halloween is right around the corner, but if you are in Kanazawa or will be there this weekend for Halloween festivities, be sure to try the pumpkin dorayaki at Koshiyama Kanseido.
Dorayaki is a Japanese sweet that consists of two small pancakes with sweet azuki bean paste in the middle. They’re quite easy to make at home–actually the first Japanese food I ever made was dorayaki. If you buy them from awagashi-ya, the shop will often brand them with a design.
Koshiyama’s Halloween dorayaki have a jack-o-lantern brand and are filled with delicious kabocha tsubu-an (kabocha mixed with bean paste). The pancakes are soft, and the an is sweet but not too sweet. If you’ve only ever had dorayaki from the conbini, do yourself a favor and try a nice one from a wagashi-ya instead. It’s like day and night.
Koshiyama’s main shop is in the area behind Kohrinbo 109; there are satellite shops in Kanazawa Station, Kohrinbo Daiwa, Omicho Market, and M’ZA. You may also order online. One dorayaki is 147 yen; a special box of 5 is 893 yen.
I went to the main shop late in the day and happened to run into the company president. The staff is really interested in feedback about the product since it’s new, and they asked for my opinion as an American (native Halloween celebrator), so if you like them, please let them know!
Main Store (本社・本店・工場)
13-17 Musashi-machi, Kanazawa, Ishikawa
Meitetsu M’ZA Location (めいてつエムザ店)
Meitetsu M’ZA, Basement Floor 1, 15-1 Musashi-machi, Kanazawa, Ishikawa
金沢市武蔵町１５−１めいてつエムザ 地下１階 TEL076-260-2271
Omicho Market Location (近江町店)
35 Aokusa-machi, Kanazawa, Ishikawa
Kohrinbo Daiwa Location (香林坊大和売店)
Kohrinbo Daiwa Basement Level, 1-1-1 Kohrinbo, Kanazawa, IShikawa
Kanazawa Staton Hyakubangai Location (金沢百番街店)
Kanazawa Station, Hyakubangai Shopping Area, Omiyage-kan
金沢駅 金沢百番街 おみやげ館内