【Rannyu Sensei's Column】This is THE Japanese Food!! It's Normal Food, But It's Actually Not Normal! Gourmet Too Ordinary to Notice Vol.1: "Anko"
Meet Rannyu Sensei; a writer with insatiable appetite for food. This time, the gourmet too ordinary to notice I want to talk about is 'anko'. According to the Japan Anko Association, the definition of anko is as follow: The red bean-based dishes which have been eaten in Japan for events to pray for disease-free breathing and amulets since the Yayoi period (300 BC). Later on, dim sum was then introduced from mainland China, and due to the activities of Zen priests, the red bean-based dishes received influences and had became like the anko bean paste in the modern days, but at that time, salt-flavoured ones were still the mainstream. It was during the Edo period (1600-1868) that sweet anko eventually reached the mouth of the common people.