Edible JewelsA La Carte Columns
August 7, 2016
Story By: Lynsey Beth Futa | Photos by: Lawrence Tabudlo
Minamoto Kitchoan manager Yayoi Akana comments on how Grace Dew products look almost like expensive jewelry, as each piece of the naturally flavored fruit confection glimmers in a glass display case at the establishment’s Ala Moana Center location.
The prestigious Japanese confectionery is known for its aesthetically pleasing and high-quality treats, which feature flavors from real fruits and other natural ingredients. For instance, the gem-like splendor of Grace Dew ($6 for six pieces, $8 for eight pieces, etc.) “gummies” are infused with real mango, grape, banana, raspberry, cranberry and more. Each is individually wrapped and presented in miniature pouches, boxes and/or packs for the ultimate gift — or for sharing with loved ones.
As Minamoto approaches its third anniversary (Sept. 21), it will roll out special gifts and events, as well as celebrate a new kiosk set to open mid-September in Kahala Mall. The kiosk will be a smaller version of the Ala Moana store, offering the same top-notch products and pristine customer service.
Moon Cakes ($17 for four pieces, $33 for eight pieces, $49 for 12 pieces) also are on their way, just in time for the autumn season, and each preorder is now 10 percent off. Minamoto’s version of the Chinese baked good is like Japanese-style manju filled with red bean, matcha bean paste or white bean flavors.
Most are familiar with the Japanese legend of Momotaro, the boy who was born from a peach and destined to fight off demons. That makes Minamoto Kitchoan’s Hakutou Jelly ($12 per piece) so appealing, as the refined treat is made from Hakuto peaches from Okayama Prefecture, where the legend hails from. The jelly — best enjoyed cold — uses real peach puree and mineral-rich spring water.
Ala Moana Center, Ground Floor,
1450 Ala Moana Blvd., Honolulu
Monday-Saturday, 9:30 A.M.-9 P.M.; Sunday, 10 A.M.-7 P.M.