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【英語】 “Zenzai” : 夏にはあんみつとともに、冷たいぜんざいもどうぞ。

“Zenzai” is a Japanese sweet served in a bowl, made of “Azuki”, red beans, sweetened with sugar, and “Mochi“, Japanese rice cake, or “Shiaratama Dango”, sweet dumplings made of sweet rice flour called “Shiratamako”.

ぜんざいは、主に砂糖で甘く煮た小豆と、餅、或は、白玉団子をお椀に盛り合わせた日本のスイーツです。

 

Simple ingredients, but actually takes time to prepare. “Azuki” is gently boiled in hot water taking plenty of time with sugar added as a sweetener, until it becomes very soft and half paste-like but half whole beans remaining condition, as seen in the picture. “Mochi” is usually grilled before added to the sweetened “Azuki”,
材料は簡単ですが、作るのには結構時間がかかります。小豆は、とてもゆっくりと煮込まれ、砂糖を加えながら半分ペースト状で半分粒が残る状態にしていきます。餅は普通、網で焼いてから加えられます。

 

“Zenzai” could be served either warm, which usually comes with “Mochi” or cold, usually served with “Shiratama Dango”, as in the picture. Cold “Zenzai” is a perfect desert for a hot humid Japanese summer!

 

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