Sho-Chiku-Bai  

Have you heard about ‘Sho Chiku Bai‘? You might think “Yes, it’s a ‘Sake’, isn’t it?. That is correct, but there is an origin that the company named their sake with that name. ‘Sho-Chiku-Bai‘ means ‘Pine Tree – Bamboo – Plum Blossom’ in Japanese in this order. They are the three objects Japanese think very auspicious so that we use an image of these three a lot for happy occasion such as a wedding and during New Year period.

I wanted to make some kind of sweet based on ‘Sho-Chiku-Bai’ and came up to this idea.

Sho – Chiku –  Bai

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It is made of a type of Japanese Sweet called ‘Nerikiri‘ and not marzipan which you might think it looks like.

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The main ingredients are Beans, Sugar and Rice Flour. It is very simple but through a lot of complicated process.

In my imagination green vertical lines on the side are expressing Bamboos shooting up to the sky.  😀

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And the patterns placed on the front are the shape of Pine Tree branch and Plum blossom.

It has Tsubu-An Azuki bean paste for the centre.

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It is completely Free from Gluten/ Egg/ Dairy and Oil.

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Happy start of 2017 for everybody with ‘Shou-Chiku-Bai’!!  🙂

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