|Place of origin||Japan|
|Region or state||Japanese-speaking areas|
|Main ingredients||Batter, sweetened azuki beans|
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).
They are similar to imagawayaki (今川焼き), which are thick round cakes also filled with sweet azuki bean paste or custard.
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