You know Cha siu bao. It is a flavorful, mouthwatering barbecue pork stuffed wheat flour bun that we enjoy at Chinese dim sum restaurants. In Japan we have a lesser known sister bun called Manju. It is a steamed bun stuffed with azuki beans. The preparation of manju was brought to Japan by naturalized Chinese monk. Luckily and unluckily azuki beans replaced pork because of ban of meat eating was exercised in Japan at that time.
For about 600 years this simple and humble Manju has been a popular...Read More