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Homu: a traditional Japanese sweets shop in Charoen Krung

Photographs: Chayawat Manasiri
Jan 29, 2020

Homu: a traditional Japanese sweets shop in Charoen Krung

Photographs: Chayawat Manasiri
Jan 29, 2020

While there are plenty of great Japanese restaurants in Bangkok, an authentic Japanese confectionery shop was, until recently, hard to find. Now Homu has opened in the Charoen Krung area, serving delicious, authentic Japanese desserts.

Homu’s story began when Pemika Thanalumlersku visited her relatives in Yokohama a few years ago. The mother of two and owner of Homu was inspired by her auntie in Yokohama, who welcomed her children with delicious local desserts which they liked so much that she had to ask for the recipe.  That trip to Japan became the starting point for Pemika to open a small snack shop in the village where she lives. After a while, she decided to open Homu in the Charoen Krung area.

Homu means home in Japanese. And this home is ready to create the taste of home-made Japanese sweets to welcome guests.

Pemika says she came to Charoen Krung to have coffee some time ago and noticed an old building. She was so fascinated by its charm that she sat and stared at it for 30 minutes. The next time she came back to this area she learned that the landlord had put it up for rent. She decided to renovate this hundred year old house which people thought was of no use, turning it into a dream confectionery shop by keeping the old building’s charm and making the atmosphere friendly and inviting, as if guests were invited for snacks at the home of a friend.

"I want customers to understand that we intend to make it a dessert house for everyone. The taste must come first and the appearance second."

Wagashi are traditional Japanese confections that are often served with tea. Each ingredient is selected from the best sources in various cities, without worrying about the cost. This results in a high quality dessert well worth its price. The Thai and foreign customers - especially Japanese – are so impressed that they all tell their friends about the shop. 

Some of the things you can find on the menu include: 

Water droplets Mochi; to be eaten together with Kinako, roasted soybean flour and kuromitsu sauce made from brown sugar. The water used as an important ingredient of the dessert is a mineral water sourced from Hokkaido.  The sauce is to be poured on top before eating (If you don't like it very sweet, then drop just a little) and then use a spoon to mix the mochi and the bean powder together.

Sakura Dango; a famous dessert made from sticky rice flour, with cherry blossom petals on top mixed with secret ingredients and cherry blossom liquors.The unique scent presents a bright contrast to the soy sauce. It is both sticky and pleasant while exuding  mild sweet and sour flavours.

Strawberry Daifuku; large strawberries and red bean paste wrapped together, giving delicious sweetness.

There are many more wonderful confections to choose from. Just one visit to the shop is never enough. There’s Matcha Dango mixed with green tea, Genmai Dango from the shop's unique recipe, and Toasted Rice Roll mixed with crispy puffed rice, which is crispy outside and soft inside. There is also ‘Princess of Flowers in the middle of Winter’ a name so intriguing that  you simply must try it. This is a creation that combines each piece of dessert with the taste of flowers and the smell of Hokkaido milk. The creamy layer reminds you of being in a field of snow. Warabi Mochi’s authentic Warabi powder melts in the mouth and has a unique taste. As for something to drink, we recommend ordering a special hot tea with fruit and flower fragrance to accompany your choice of desserts.

Homu is located in Soi Charoen Krung 44 (about 50 meters from the beginning of the alley) Bang Rak, Bangkok. It is 400 meters from Saphan Taksin BTS station. Open daily, 8am to 6pm. Tel.08-9792-6496 https://www.facebook.com/Homuthai


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