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Saturday, 28 October 2006



Mmmm... I've had shortbread manju but never crispy manju. I'm a tradionalist too. It's all good, but nothing beats mochi.

- Chubbypanda


Yes, we usually make this stop before we leave Maui for our local friends and family here on the mainland.

I like the crispy manju in a greasy-if I eat too much I'll get sick but I can't stop- kind of way. It probably has something to do with the crispy manju only being available in Maui. When I get that plastic box in the car, I can devour quite a few at a time. Well....who knows when you are ever going to return? (The mind can be so silly sometimes!)


why oh why did you have to post about home maid's? i haven't had their malasadas (yes, plural!) since i visited maui last year. haupia filled is my fave. i had to break down last week and get some l&l, i had such a bad craving for spam musubi. i wonder how well a leonard's or home maid's would do here?


Hi CP - I think it's all good......all of it. ;O)

Hi Jack - Yes, sometimes we just need to get in touch with our inner-greed! After all you never know when you will eat this again.

Hi Toisan - Leonard's??? I'd be there every morning! Oh, and your right, you can't eat just one!


Hi Kirk
I just had to add my comments about Home Maid--I was the one who lamented about Hogetsu Bakery not having this "crispy" manju (although I found plenty of substitutes) and a few months ago when we were in Maui, stopped by to get them. They are definitely greasier and heavier than they used to be. The Guri Guri, however, is always the same and ne ver disappoints! We had some decent (but kind of dry) chow fun at Tasty Crust (my dad's old hangout) but we couldn't find the place he really wanted. I have one last Maui "must-eat"--Komoda Store's cream puffs. Better than the Beard Papa's!


Hi Jen - i'm glad I'm not the only one who thought the manju were a bit more greasy than before. As for Chow Fun, the only place I remember was Liberty in Lahaina, and that place has been gone for like 20 years...of course for Dry Mein, there's Sam Sato's, but they were on vacation, when we were there. We were in the area, and thought about TKomoda's, but since it was Saturday, and you have to call and reserve cream puffs, and I'm not a big fan of cream puffs....I kind of draw the line at having to reserve cream puffs, if you know what I mean.

oishii eats

Haha...the craziness of the Omiyage Madness!


Hi Jeni - You gotta do, what you gotta do! LOL!

Shari Clover

We recently celebrated our 30th wedding anniversary in Lahaina. While visiting the Farmer's Market in Wailuku, we discovered cascarons (mochi balls on a skewer, rolled in brown sugar and coconut milk then deep fried). Back here on the mainland, I have not been able to find anyone who has heard of this wonderful snack. Is there another name for them? Is there a recipe available? Are they strictly a cross-cultural Hawaiian food? i REALLY WANT MORE!!!

W. Wakayama

I had gotten a recipe a while back from a friend, she called it "Maui Manju". I guess you can use any filling, I always used Tsubushi An (Red Bean paste) out of the can. Here goes:

5 cups Flour
1 tsp salt
1 3/4 cup Crisco Oil
3/4 cup water

1 can Tsubushi An Red Bean paste (Shirakiku brand)
1 small can evaporated milk
Mix Flour, salt, oil and water together. Make into about 40 balls. Flatten each ball (a circle as large as the palm of your hand) add a dot of butter to center and 1 tsp of Tsubushi An. Pinch edges together to completely seal in the An. Lay the pinched side down on a cookie sheet. Brush the tops with evaporated milk.
Bake at 350 degrees for 35 ~ 40 minutes or until golden brown.

Good luck and hope you enjoy it.


Made sure to go here before we left Maui and man, those crispy manjus are so good. I remembered reading this post years ago so Home Maid was definitely a stop during our trip.

I got coconut for my sister (I hope\ she lets me have one, ha ha) and the deluxe for ourselves, parents and brother. It was my first time trying a dessert like this. The other manju we tried was at Sam Sato's but it did not compare.


Glad you got to finally get those CC! They are a Maui "classic"!


Thank you for the rec Kirk! We also got small packs of Kitchen Cook'd chips while at Tasaka Guri Guri!


Great! That's the original Maui Potato Chip CC.

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