Zenzai (ぜんざい) is a thick sweet soup with boiled azuki beans as the featured ingredient. It is mainly eaten in winter.
Photos by Hiromi Mochinaga.
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Zenzai can differ between Kanto (Eastern Japan) and Kansai (Western Japan). The Kanto style uses tsubu-an (crunchy bean paste), which is less watery, and adds grilled mochi or shiratama (sweet mochi dumplings).