Japanese traditional street cake, TAIYAKI January 17 2014, 0 Comments

Here, as a Japanese cooking school and cake shop outside Japan, STAR KITCHEN introduces Japanese sweets popular in Japan, but not well overseas!

 

Today's menu is "TAIYAKI".

 

 

What is it?

"Taiyaki" literary means "baked (="yaki") porgy (="tai")", but is a fish-shaped cake filled with red bean paste.

Not using fish as ingredient at all!

 

Traditionally in Japan, porgy has been thought as a precious fish with luck and served at celebration or happy moment.

That's supposed to be the reason Taiyaki has spreaded to all over Japan.

 

These days, in addition to red bean paste, other pastes such as custard cream, chocolate are catching attention too.

 

 

How to eat?

Like unending dispute on how to eat oreo, there's a big debate on whether to start eating TAIYAKI from head side, or tail side.

 

 

 

My recommendation? To break TAIYAKI into half, and start from red bean paste!

 

 

Where to eat?

There are a lot of TAIYAKI shops in Tokyo but my recommendation is "浪花屋総本店(Naniwaya Souhonten)" in Azabu-Juban, Tokyo.

 

Azabu-Juban is just next to Roppongi hills, but still traditional shop street remains. If you visit Tokyo, try to visit!