Chinsuko (金楚糕 ちんすこう)
In Okinawa there is a really yummy traditional baked cookie called Chinsuko that you should really try! It originated from the Ryukyu era of Okinawa, 1429-1879. It has a crunchy texture that easily crumbles, a little sweet with a plain yet addictive taste. It’s made from flour, sugar and lard and it’s recommended to be eaten with a side bottle/glass of sanpin cha (Okinawan Jasmine Tea) or other herbal teas.
Chinsuko is one of the most popular sweets in Okinawa, it can be found almost in any shop. It’s also a very popular choice as a gift to take back home by Japanese domestic travellers and even international travellers.. During the Ryukyu era this cookie was eaten by the royal court during festivals. However historically the shape was said to be more round to resemble a chrysanthemum flower but it transformed into a more bar shape about over 100 years ago.