Taste like home cooking : Akumaki
【When it become May】
When we are asked whant is Akumaki, we express it looks like Timaki at first. Even Japanese lived in out of Kagoshima Taste like home cooking : Akumaki don't know for general people at all, but Akumaki is one of most famous sweets in Kagoshima. When it become May, ash for lye and the bamboo sheath are sold at the supermarket. There are many people who cook it for the Boys' Festival at thier own home. It is a traditional sweets of Kagoshima. May is a season of home-cooking it, but Kagoshima people usually eat it all of a year. Evry maker has an original way of cooking, so Akumaki has didifferent taste on every maker.
The people out of Kagoshima Prefecture feel it taste a little strange due to the taste of lye. But most people are absorbed in it after they become to favorite once.
We have eaten each Akumaki in of Kagoshima and select the most tasty one. You are sure to favorite it.
We introduce how to cooking.
(1)At first select ash for lye. This selection is a kind of know-how.
(2)A bamboo basket put on a bucket. At top of the basket lay a towel. After that sprinkle water into ash on the towel, get lye. To get the best lye is most important for the victory.
(3)Soak glutinous rice in lye all night. The color of rice will be yellow.
(4)Separate glutinous rice from lye. Because lye will be used again, don't dump lye.
(5)Wrap glutinous rice in the bamboo sheath. Because glutinous rice will expand future, wrap soft with a small space.
(6)Put the glutinous rice in the bamboo sheath and lye into a big pot. Boil till glutinous rice expand.
There are some kind of how to eat. In our restaurant the customer choose the topping from soybean flour and raw sugar. I favolite soybean flour topping, but raw sugar is more popular in our restaurant.