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Uirō (ういろう) is a steamed cake made with flour and sugar.

This wagashi (Japanese traditional sweet) looks similar to yōkan but it has a more chewy texture.

The flour used can be rice flour, wheat flour, and bracken starch, among others.

Uirō can also be flavored, or have other ingredients as a garnish.

As you can imagine, there are many variations of this sweet.

Simple and easy uirō recipe

You can easily make this wagashi at home even if you don’t have a steamer.


  • wheat flour, 40 gr
  • sugar, 40 gr
  • water, 150 ml (5 oz)

Mix all the ingredients thoroughly in a bowl.

Pour into a microwave safe container. Preferably one with a square shape.

Heat in a 500 watt microwave oven for 5 minutes.


Let cool, and then cut into pieces.

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