Taiyaki

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Taiyaki
Taiyaki.jpg
Course Snack
Place of origin Japan
Region or state Japanese-speaking areas
Main ingredients Batter, sweetened azuki beans
  • Cookbook: Taiyaki
  •   Media: Taiyaki
Making of Taiyaki
Taiyaki with red bean and matcha swirled ice cream, mochi, and a wafer cookie

Taiyaki (鯛焼き, , literally "baked sea bream") is a Japanese fish-shaped cake. It imitates the shape of Tai (Japanese red seabream). It is also the origin of the name. The most common filling is red bean paste that is made from sweetened azuki beans. Other common fillings may be custard, chocolate, cheese, or sweet potato. Some shops even sell taiyaki with okonomiyaki, gyoza filling, or a sausage inside.

Taiyaki is made using regular pancake or waffle batter. The batter is poured into a fish-shaped mold for each side. The filling is then put on one side and the mold is closed. It is then cooked on both sides until golden brown.[1]

Taiyaki is believed to have originated in Tokyo during the Meiji era, and can now be found all over Japan, especially at food courts of supermarkets and at Japanese festivals (, matsuri).

They are similar to imagawayaki (今川焼き), which are thick round cakes also filled with sweet azuki bean paste or custard.

A similar item (adapted during the Japanese occupation of Korea), shaped like carp rather than sea bream, is served from street stalls in South Korea, where they are known as bungeo-ppang (붕어빵).

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References

  1. ^ "Sweets in Japan - which are your favourite ones? ^^". February 9, 2012. Retrieved April 13, 2017.
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