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Taiyaki - A Traditional Japanese Confectionary!

This video, titled "薄皮たい焼きの作り方 Japanese Pancakes fish shaped TAIYAKI," produced by "Sushi Bomber TV クッキング最前線," shows taiyaki being made at a food stall.

This video is a compilation of taiyaki demonstrations at "Gin no An" at Osu Shotengai, a shopping street in Nagoya city (名古屋市: Nagoya-shi, Aichi prefecture (愛知県: Aichi-ken).
Taiyaki is a traditional Japanese confectionery in the shape of a fish, and there are many famous shops in Japan that sell the delicious snack.
Be sure to watch this video to learn how it's made!

The Origin and Types of Taiyaki

Image of taiyaki

In Japan, “Imagawayaki, a round pancake filled with red bean paste, has been eaten since the Edo period (1603-1868).
One day, a long established imagawayaki store changed the shape of their pancakes from a round shape to a fish shape. After changing the shape, the snack quite literally sold like hotcakes.

The nursery rhyme Oyoge Taiyaki-kun was also a popular song for children in the Showa era.
Taiyaki has a long history, and the variety of taiyaki is expanding rapidly, from the more orthodox ones with azuki beans in between, to chocolate taiyaki and even cream taiyaki.

How to Make Taiyaki

Taiyaki are baked from a mixture of ingredients, including flour, baking soda, sugar, and water.
The batter is poured into a metal baking mold specially made for taiyaki, followed by a generous amount of sweet bean paste, as shown at 0:45 in the video.
When the batter is sufficiently cooked, the two sides of the mold are combined and it is further baked, as shown at 1:27 in the video.
This can be a bit difficult to prepare at home, as the average homeowner doesn't have a taiyaki machine available.

At 2:46 in the video, you can see the popular croissant taiyaki being made.
The cooking process differs from regular taiyaki in that the ingredients are pre-prepared and can be baked as is.
Each taiyaki contains about 220 calories and costs around 120-150 yen.
Taiyaki is inexpensive and easy to eat, making it a great snack.

Summary of Taiyaki

If you're planning a trip to Japan, we recommend that you taste a variety of Japanese food and sweets to gain a deeper understanding of Japanese culture.
there are a number of taiyaki shops, such as Gin no An, all over Japan that offer taiyaki sales demonstrations.
Once you've experienced the artisanal skills of these taiyaki chefs, be sure to try their freshly baked taiyaki! At 3:32 in the video, a customer breaks his taiyaki in half and shows us what's inside... It looks so yummy!

◆Gin no An - Osu Syotengai◆
【Address】 2-17-20 Osu Naka-Ku Nagoya-shi Aichi ken 460 - 0011 
【Access】A 7-8 minute walk from Osu-Kannon Station on the Nagoya Municipal Subway Maizuru Line
【Hours】[Weekdays ] 11:00 to 20:00, [Weekends and National holidays ] 10:30 to 20:00 Open 7 days a week

【Official Website】Gin-no An

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Last Updated : Jan. 3, 2023
坂崎 なお(Nao Sakazaki)
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