Ariake's "Harbor" is famous as a souvenir from Yokohama. A cake that imitates the shape of a ship, with bean paste wrapped in a thin, soft castella dough.
The other day, I found 5 kinds of harbors at "National Confectionery" on the B1F of Tobu Department Store at Ikebukuro Station, so I bought it. I compared eating and made a ranking at my own discretion.
■ Yokohama Harbor Double MaronEntry No. 1, "Ariake Yokohama Harbor Double Maron" . A cake that gently wraps chopped chestnuts and bean paste in a thin, soft castella dough. The price is 165 yen per piece (excluding tax, the same applies below).
The package has an illustration of Ryohei Yanagihara, who loves ships and the port city of Yokohama. The ship depicted is "Queen Mary 2", which is said to be the first passenger ship to enter Yokohama Port in March 2009.
In the sweet castella dough, there is plenty of soft chestnut bean paste. Chestnuts carved in places appear, so you can enjoy it as if you were searching for treasure.
Not only is it sweet, but the balance between chestnuts and dough is just right, and the flavor of chestnut paste that melts roughly is also ◎. If you like chestnuts, it's a sweet that you can eat.
■ Halloween HarborEntry No.2, "Ariake Halloween Harbor Pumpkin" . A cake wrapped with "special Manjiro pumpkin paste", which is a blend of chopped pumpkin and pumpkin paste using Kumamoto prefecture Manjiro pumpkin. Autumn only. The price is 165 yen per piece.
The deliciousness of the special Manjiro pumpkin bean paste! The moist and soft taste that spreads in your mouth is like eating boiled pumpkin as it is. The crispy texture of the chopped pumpkin is also a nice accent.
■ Kurofune HarborEntry No.3, "Ariake Kurofune Harbor Chocolate Banana" . "Special chocolate banana paste" kneaded with banana paste is wrapped in castella with black cocoa powder. The price is 165 yen per piece.
The illustration of the ship is an American steamship that came to Japan in 1853 with "Powhatan". It is Admiral Perri who is on board.
I thought that it was rather sweet because it was called "chocolate banana", but the dough using black cocoa powder has a fragrant but bittersweet taste. When chewed, the scent of banana rises softly from the bean paste. I like the cocoa flavor that remains in my mouth.
■ Yokohama Harbor Milk PumpkinEntry No.4, "Yokohama Harbor Milk Pumpkin" . A cake made by wrapping pumpkin paste using Kumamoto Prefecture Manjiro pumpkin in a dough containing condensed milk and honey and baking it moist. Kumamoto earthquake support product, Kumamon holding a heart in the package. The price is 100 yen per piece.
It feels like "Ariake Halloween Harbor Pumpkin" with the richness of milk. To be honest, I didn't feel that much difference, but when this person swallowed it, a slight mellowness remained in the back of my throat ...? Is this the flavor of condensed milk?
■ Pokemon HarborEntry No.5, "Ariake Pokemon Harbor Milk Lemon" . The dough contains condensed milk and honey, and wraps the lemon paste with lemon peel. The price is 125 yen per piece.
At the same time as chewing, you will be surprised at the refreshing scent of lemon that pops! It's amazing, it's a lemon . Lemon's self-assertion is a little fierce, but the flavor of the milk that comes later is nice and the whole thing is put together. A dish that makes you addicted.
■ ResultsAs a result of eating all 5 kinds, this is the top 3 delicious flavors I chose!
1st place Yokohama Harbor Double Maron
2nd place Kurofune Harbor Chocolate Banana
3rd place Pokemon Harbor Milk Lemon
I was worried about pumpkin in 3rd place, but the victory of Pokemon Harbor was impressive because of the fresh lemon flavor at the moment I ate it. In addition, although it seems to repeat, it is recommended that those who are interested check with their own tongue because the ranking is based on the author's personal preference.
In addition, the flavors handled at the store will differ depending on the season. If you have the taste you want, make sure it is on sale.