Authentic Portuguese sweets made by a Portuguese pastry chef at Castella do Paulo close to Kitano Tenmangu Shrine
Do you know the Japanese sweet castella? It’s a sweet whose name sounds Portuguese, and it’s, in fact, something that Portuguese missionaries brought to Japan. But this happened hundreds of years ago, so the present Japanese castella is not quite like the sweets that you can find in Portugal.
This is where Paulo Duarte comes into the picture. He is a Portuguese pastry chef who trained in Nagasaki, then opened a pastry shop specializing in castella in the original home of the sweet, Portugal. But after this, he decided to head back to Japan, to the historic ancient capital city of Kyoto.
Many Japanese shrines are known for the sweets that are sold close to them. Right now, Kitano Tenmangu Shrine is famous for its Chogoro-mochi, which was the favored by the famous daimyo Toyotomi Hideyoshi. So maybe in a few hundred years, Kitano Tenmangu Shrine will instead be known for its castella?