Japanese Fish-Shaped Cake Maker
What is Taiyaki?
Taiyaki is a Japanese fish-shaped cake. The most common filling is red bean paste that’s made from azuki beans. Other common fillings are custard, chocolate and cheese!
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, and can now be found all over Japan, especially at food courts of supermarkets and at Japanese festivals.
A similar item, shaped like carp rather than sea bream, is served from street stalls in South Korea, where they are known as bungeo-ppang.
Shop Taiyaki Pan
Tai is the Japanese name for sea bream, a type of fish. Yaki means to grill or pan-fry. So it's literal translation is pan-fried sea bream. But the name is deceptive. Taiyaki has no fish in it, and it's more of a snack or dessert item. Think of taiyaki as a fish shaped sweet pancake with some kind of filling, traditionally red bean paste. The shape of taiyaki makes it pretty easy to hold in your hand and so taiyaki is often sold as a street food or at fairs and festivals.
Cooking: This taiyaki pan is easy enough to use. The most difficult part is getting the right amount of filling and making sure it's evenly distributed. Instead of using red bean paste, I often use Nutella. It's far more readily available. As for the batter, generally any pancake recipe will work fine as long as it's one that's a bit more on the sweet side.