Red bean paste or “anko”, is a much loved sweet food in Japan. Beans are actually used quite a bit in sweet desserts. Pastries are not an exception to this. In 1874, a Japanese chef (a samurai in his previous career) came up with the idea of the “Anpan” literally “red bean paste bread/roll”. This tasty pastry can still be found today and has been featured everywhere from dining room tables to children’s cartoons.
Japan cultures and foods article brought to you by Consulate General Japan in Miami.