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Minamoto Kitchoan is a name that resonates throughout the world. Seeing as the word minamoto translates to “the origin of the confectionary,” and kitchoan means “house of prosperity,” the delectable treats are sure to please.
With more than 200 locations in Japan alone — and more throughout the world — Hawaii’s very own branch opened in 2013 at Ala Moana Center. Specializing in treats that are light, fresh and delicate, Minamoto Kitchoan takes pride in its wagashi, some of which are mochi treats filled with red bean, kidney beans, glutinous rice, powdered rice, sweet potatoes, sesame, agar-agar and sugar. Unlike other types of wagashi, Minamoto Kitchoan’s is made fresh with real fruit. Utilizing ingredients grown outdoors beneath Japan’s red sun, the wagashi is high in plant protein and has almost no animal fat, which also makes it a wholesome and healthy product.
HOW SWEET IT IS
Just in time for Valentine’s Day, the perfect chocolaty gift can be found at Minamoto Kitchoan. Treat your sweetheart to either Print Chocolat ($15), Chocolate Japonaise (six pieces for $15, nine pieces for $22.50, 12 pieces for $30), Bon Bon au Chocolat (four pieces for $10) or Confiture Chocolat ($15). All are equally pleasing to the stomach and the eyes. Most unique of the four is Chocolat Japonaise because it boasts authentic Japanese flavors such as sakura, matcha and shichimi (Japanese chili pepper mixture).
Ala Moana Center, Street Level 1, Center Court
1450 Ala Moana Blvd. Ste. 1110
Monday-Saturday, 9:30 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sunday, 9:30 a.m.-7 p.m.