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Place of originJapan
Region or stateJapanese-speaking areas
Main ingredientsBatter, sweetened azuki beans
Making of Taiyaki
Taiyaki with red bean and matcha-swirled ice cream, mochi, and a wafer cookie

Taiyaki (鯛焼き, lit. ‘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.[1]

Taiyaki is believed to have originated in Tokyo during the Meiji era. It is now popular all over Japan.

They are similar to imagawayaki (今川焼き), which are thick round cakes also filled with sweet azuki bean paste or custard.

Taiyaki in South Korea are known as bungeo-ppang, where Japanese took it during the occupation era.

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  1. ^ "Sweets in Japan - which are your favourite ones? ^^". February 9, 2012. Retrieved April 13, 2017.