Friday, August 5, 2011

Will Miss #349 - taiyaki/imagawayaki

If you walk around nearly any city in Japan for a little while, you're bound to come across someone with fish-shaped molds pouring what looks like pancake batter into them. After a short while, a generous dollop of red bean jam or custard will be added to the center and two molds will be combined to sandwich the filling between the two fishy halves. The outer portion of this treat is like a pancake or soft waffle and the filling is soft, warm, sweet and rich.

The fish-shaped version is taiyaki and the round version (which isn't really different except in size and shape) is imagawayaki and they are delicious right off the griddle, and I'll miss being able to have them fresh and warm.