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Entry from February 06, 2019
Taiyaki (Japanese fish-shaped cake)

Entry in progress—B.P.

Wikipedia: Taiyaki
Taiyaki (鯛焼き , literally “baked sea bream") is a Japanese fish-shaped cake. It imitates the shape of the Tai (Japanese red seabream), which it is named after. 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.

Taiyaki is believed to have originated in Tokyo during the Meiji era, but it has been forgotten among Japanese people because of wartime shortage during World War II, and can now be popular all over Japan, especially at food courts of supermarkets and at Japanese festivals (祭 matsuri).

23 April 1972, The Sunday Star-Bulletin & Advertiser (Honolulu, HI), pg. A-14, col. 3 ad:
TAI-YAKI
(FISH SHAPE MOLD)
(Shirokiya store at Ala Moana Center.—ed.)

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How to Make Taiyaki (Recipe) 鯛焼きの作り方(レシピ)
Just One Cookbook
Published on Sep 28, 2014
Classic street vendor snack in Japan, warm soft fish shaped cake with red bean filling.  You can also use Nutella and other fillings.

For the complete recipe:
http://www.justonecookbook.com/taiyaki/

Ingredients:
150 g (5.3 oz, about 1¼ cup) cake flour*
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1 egg, beaten
200 ml (about ¾ cup) milk**
3 Tbsp. granulated sugar
100 g (3.5 oz, 5 Tbsp.) anko/red bean paste*** (Homemade recipe here)
1 Tbsp. vegetable oil

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Tiana Attride Jan. 16, 2019, 4:31 PM
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Taiyaki are commonly filled with red bean paste.
Taiyaki are warm, crispy, fish-shaped treats made of batter similar to pancake batter. They usually come filled with sweet bean paste, custard cream or chocolate.

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityFood/Drink • Wednesday, February 06, 2019 • Permalink