No fruits are forbidden at this sweet shop
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Japanese desserts or confections are known as wagashi, and Minamoto Kitchoan is the place to get them. Located near the main stage in Ala Moana Center, Minamoto Kitchoan brings authentic sweets to Oahu throughout all four seasons. The treats come from Okayama Prefecture, where treats are created using only real fruit.
The fruity delights are meant to mirror the four seasons of Japan. This summer, grapes (which are grown at Minamoto Farm), white peaches and lemon bring color to the mochis, jellies and cakes at Minamoto Kitchoan.
Taiyonomi, for instance, is a jelly that features fresh man go and is best served cool. It is sold individually ($6), in a two-pack ($13) or in a pack of nine ($37). Each pack comes specially wrapped (with a $1 box fee), making any box from Minamoto Kitchoan the perfect ready-to-go gift for grad parties or birthdays.
The shop’s Sherbet comes in two flavors this summer: White Peach and Muscat, which is a green grape (the same variety used to make moscato wine). The dessert can be served chilled as a cool, soft jelly, or enjoyed frozen as a sherbet. It comes individually ($4) and in mixed boxes: three pieces ($25), four pieces ($33) and six pieces ($49).
In the way of fluffy pound cakes, there is Lemon Cake ($3.60) made with pieces of fresh lemon peel. Each individual cake is bathed in smooth white chocolate that complements the lemon’s tartness. It is sold in a pack of five ($19) or 10 ($37).
Whether looking for the perfect gift or simply satisfying your sweet tooth, Minamoto Kitchoan has you covered year-round.
Ala Moana Center
1450 Ala Moana Blvd., Ste. 1110, Honolulu
Monday-Saturday, 9:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.