#488 Castella

カステラ/Castella is a baked cake.

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It is often found at patisseries in a rectangular shape with a soft, pale inside and browned top and bottom.

It can also be found at festivals in ball form in a variety of flavours.

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This is a shop display of bagged castella balls. 

These balls are a nostalgic sweet treat from the childhood of most Japanese people.

The recipes originate from Spain (castila) but was introduced by the Portugese.

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It’s a souvenier food from Nagasaki (where Portugese traders introduced the cake) and sold in almost 30cm long boxes!

You can also find Japanese flavours – like the above sweet potato, or the matcha green tea below:

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If you want to try it yourself, check out this English recipe here.

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