There is still one wagashi from Kitchoan London left to be reviewed (we ate the others before taking a photo). This one is a chestnut wagashi with a really nice texture and a sweet bean filling which was, however, a bit overwhelming for the (tiny!) piece of chestnut hidden in it.
While the texture of the chestnut paste (outer layer of the wagashi) was pretty good, the whole chestnut was more or less drowned by the bean paste. There should definitely be a bigger piece of chestnut in it (I don't even ask for whole one). Even considering that I make lousy photos, they look not a quarter as good as the ones on Kitchoan's webpage:
But let's have a look at the ingredients. Looking at Kitchoan's photo you would think that there was actually a whole chestnut in it. However, the main content is ... sugar. But then, you already knew you would buy a treat and not a healthy meal, so I don't have a real problem with that.
What I didn't like (especially since they are advertising all natural Japanese sweets) is the addition of tartrazine (E102) and sodium sulfite (E221). Not only are they not natural products, but both of them are not without risks, especially for allergic and sensitive people. Tartrazine which gives the nice yellow colour (and btw is forbidden to add to food in Norway) can cause real problems if you are allergic to salicylic acid (that's aspirin) and benzoic acid. It also adds to ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder). Many people (including me) are sensitive to sulfite, so if you get headaches from wine, suffer from migraines or are asthmetic you should avoid sulfites. There may not be a lot in a single wagashi but then, it adds up because unfortunately sodium sulfite is a very popular ingredient.
Was it worth 3 £ each? I'm afraid not. If you want to have tasty and fresh wagashi with all natural indgredients and are not residing in Japan, I fear you have to make your own ones. Look at the fabulous webpage of Wagashi Maniac for ideas and recipes or if you can read Japanese search the cookpad recipe collections.