Gather all the ingredients. Cut a sheet of parchment paper into twelve (12) 2.5” x 2.5” (6 x 6 cm) sheets.
In a small saucepan, add water and brown sugar. Whisk to dissolve the sugar over medium-low heat.
Once they are done cooking, remove manju from the steamer and let cool on a wire rack or bamboo sieve (so the air/heat won’t trap on the bottom of manju). While they are still warm, wrap each manju with plastic wrap individually. This will help to retain the moisture. Enjoy!
Cake Flour: If you don’t have cake flour, you can substitute with all-purpose flour and corn starch. Here’s how.
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