Sembe Shop on Komachi-Dori
Komachi, Kamakura, Kanagawa Prefecture 248-0006, Japan
Sampling Sembe in KamakuraLet’s face it. Eating in Japan is an adventure. You take a bite of a little cake thinking you’re biting into a cute Buddha-shaped caked stuffed with chocolate only to find sugary sweet bean paste instead. What I love about this shop is that you can try everything before you buy it. (Apologies -- I don't know the name, but you won't miss it, I promise!) I’m a sucker for samples, and they really don’t care how many you try. Nut allergy people beware as most crackers are filled with a crunchy peanut. Otherwise, taste away – from the sweet and creamy yogurt to the clear-your-sinus punch of wasabe. I can’t get enough! These lil treats are great for souvenirs or snacking on the go (just do so discretely, as walking while you eat is frowned upon here). My recent faves were the curry and the mustard and mayonnaise (a surprise to me, as I thought the black flecks were pepper).