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Topic: Why manjuu and not mochi or any other pastries?

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Cute Aggression

I mean: Mochi, marshmallow, dumpling,.... those are very soft, tender and elastic pastries compared to manjuu.

I find it strange that when someone originally drew yukkuri as living manjuu, everybody immediately went for manjuu and nothing else.

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  • EasyV

    post #875 is the first yukkuri-as-a-manjuu picture.
    Considering that at the time Makako was the reference for anything yukkuri, people probably decided to go with it.
    Probably alternatives were discussed, but they never got anyone's fancy.
    Or maybe, that picture was drawn after people decided yukkuri looked like manjuus.

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  • poweryoga

    Makako first drew yukkuris as manjuus as a joke (she did mostly funny family friendly stuff) but people took it for a spin... and here we are.

    Nothing against dumplings or mochi really. Sometimes shit happens.

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  • Canttakeiteasy

    Personally when I learned about yukkuris many many years ago. I was always wondering why it was claimed they were manjuus when they are depicted being able to stretch.

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  • Cute Aggression

    Canttakeiteasy said:

    Personally when I learned about yukkuris many many years ago. I was always wondering why it was claimed they were manjuus when they are depicted being able to stretch.

    Indeed very weird, I haven't eaten any manjuus yet but by looking at images on Google, I believe they are not very elastic compared to mochi.

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  • poweryoga

    no. Although you can argue manjuus = mantou (chinese), japanese manjuus are somewhat pliable but most have a flour-based skin which is not stretchy at all.

    Most manjuus are not really elastic but some do stretch to a certain degree. For example mizu-an is fairly stretchy since the base skin uses kuzu + corn starch in it (and it doesn't use flour? exactly).

    Meat manjuu are more similar to the XO baos of chinese origin and has a yeast + Flour skin which is fluffy and melty in the mouth, and not stretchy at all.

    Edit: also the stretchy-ness of yukkuris are mostly due to the exaggeration of the cheek-pulling thing, which doesn't reflect how manjuus actually behave when you pull on them.

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  • captperv

    isn't there a yu with ice cream in it ?

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  • poweryoga

    I'd say that would just be mochi ice cream...

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