Jyoyo (Chinese Yam) Manju

Jyoyo (Chinese Yam) Manju

These are called "jyoyo manju" (traditional Japanese sweets made from Chinese yam).
The moist, finely textured outer layer is incredibly smooth.

Ingredients: Makes 10 dumplings

Yamato imo (Chinese yams)
40 g (net weight after grating)
Sugar (white caster sugar)
70 g
70 g
Water or mizuame
1/2 teaspoon
200 g


1. Line a steamer with parchment paper.
2. Grate the yamato imo with a fine grater. If you have a suribachi (Japanese mortar with fine grooves on the inside), grate the yamato imo using a circular motion.
3. Add the water or sugar syrup in 2 to 3 batches, then mix with a pestle while incorporating air, and mix until it becomes sticky.
4. Add the sugar in 2 to 3 batches, and mix well with the pestle and mortar.
5. Put the jyoshinko in a bowl, then add Step 4. Fold the paste in half, then press it into the flour, and repeat, mixing it in a little at a time. (Refer to Helpful Hints.)
6. If made correctly, the dough will be elastic like marshmallows, and will make little popping sounds when stretched.
7. Divide the Step 5 dough into 10 uniform portions. Roll the anko paste into 10 balls that are 20 g each. Stretch the dough into a circle, then wrap it around the anko paste, seal, then adjust the shape.
8. Bring water to a boil in a steamer, put in Step 7, mist with water, then steam for 10 minutes on high heat. (cover the steamer with a cloth to catch the condensation).
9. After steaming, transfer to a wire rack and cool with a fan to form a gloss on the dough.
10. They're done! Here they are with food coloring brushed on top.

Story Behind this Recipe

I made these from ingredients I had on hand.