A Collaboration Between Fukui’s Winter Flavour and Famous Sweet
In Nishiyama Park’s Michi-no-Eki located in Fukui Prefecture’s Sabae City, a popular winter item has returned to the menu for this season: the “Mizu-Yokan Burger”. A new variation is the Mizu-Yokan Burger combined with Habutae Mochi; visitors can enjoy the famous sweet, representing the local area, in this collaboration.
Mizu-yokan is associated as a winter flavour of Fukui. In efforts to gain further recognition from tourists outside the prefecture, and for mizu-yokan to be known as a Fukui brand, the Michi-no-Eki developed the Mizu-Yokan Burger four years ago, but taking mizu-yokan and putting it in between a toasted bun. Every year when the winter menu items go on sale and continue to gain popularity, in place of the Michi-no-Eki’s already popular “Yoshikawa Eggplant Burger” which is swapped out during November.
The simple recipe begins with margarine spread within two halves of a toasted bun, then mizu-yokan and kinako (roasted soybean flour), along with whipped cream is placed between the buns. Supplied by “Seiundou” (清雲堂, a confectioner within Sabae City’s Fukae-cho), the mizu-yokan’s mild sweetness goes very well with the buns. With the new menu item including Habutae Mochi, visitors can also enjoy an added springy texture with their burger. A coffee-flavoured Mizu-Yokan Burger is also on sale.
“It would be great if everyone can take a liking to the burger, leading to more sales of mizu-yokan and Habutae Mochi as souvenirs,” expressed the Michi-no-Eki’s manager, Tsutomu Ito.
The Mizu-Yokan Burger and its coffee-flavoured version is ¥300; the burger including Habutae Mochi is ¥350, both priced including tax.