Hiyoko Honpo Yoshinodo "Famous Sweets Hiyoko

Meika Hiyoko: A comparison between Fukuoka/Hakata and Tokyo to see if there is any difference

Meika Hiyoko" has a lovely chick shape. Many of you may have received Hiyoko as a souvenir, but do you remember which souvenir was from Fukuoka or Tokyo?

As a native of eastern Japan, I used to think that Hiyoko was a standard Tokyo souvenir, but one day I received "Hakata Meika Hiyoko" as a souvenir from Fukuoka. I compared the differences between Fukuoka/Hakata and Tokyo.

Difference in appearance between Fukuoka/Hakata and Tokyo "famous confectionery Hiyoko

Both have the Hiyoko Honpo Yoshinodo seal on the package. Hiyoko" was born in Chikuho Iizuka (Fukuoka Prefecture) in 1914. The Tokyo Olympics in 1964 led the company to Tokyo, where the "Tokyo Hiyoko" was born.

Hiyoko Honpo Yoshinodo "Famous Sweets Hiyoko
The manufacturer is Hiyoko H Corporation in Hakata and Tokyo Hiyoko S Corporation in Tokyo.

The design of the individual packages is the same. At a glance, there seems to be no major difference between the individual packages and the hiyoko inside. However, if you look closely, you can see that the Tokyo one is a little rounder and pouchier than the other one.

Hiyoko Honpo Yoshinodo "Famous Sweets Hiyoko
Hakata on the left, Tokyo on the right (same below)

Hiyoko Honpo Yoshinodo "Famous Sweets Hiyoko
Tokyo is more plump

Hiyoko Honpo Yoshinodo "Famous Sweets Hiyoko
Cute back view

Hakata Meika Hiyoko" in Hakata, Fukuoka and Tokyo: Differences in Taste and Texture

The skin is made by kneading fresh eggs and other ingredients into flour milled and blended in-house, and is filled with yolk red bean paste made from green soybeans. Following the moist and savory crust, the yolk bean paste loosens and melts on the tongue. The refined sweetness of the bean paste has a deep richness. Even after comparing the two, there was no clear difference in taste or texture.... Both are delicious.

Hiyoko Honpo Yoshinodo "Famous Sweets Hiyoko
moist and pleasant to the taste


In conclusion, there is no significant difference in both appearance and taste between the Fukuoka/Hakata and Tokyo versions. It is not completely different, but the roots (?) are the same, so it is not surprising. It seems natural since they are the same. It is likely to be loved as a souvenir of both in the future.