Sweet Edamame Paste “Zunda”

Zunda is a paste made by peeling off the thin skin of boiled edamame and mashing it with salt and sugar. It is a local specialty of Miyagi Prefecture. (There are other Zunda or Zunda-like dishes in Miyagi’s neighboring prefectures, but generally, Miyagi’s is the most famous.)

The most traditional and popular way to eat this paste is with mochi (rice cakes), called “Zunda Mochi.” The gentle sweetness of Zunda goes well with mochi, making it an addictive taste.

Recently, “Zunda Shake,” a mixture of milkshake and Zunda, has been popular nationwide. For first-time Zunda eaters, we recommend this shake as the Zunda taste is not too strong.