What is snapper fish in Tagalog

Taiyaki - The famous fish-shaped dumpling

Taiyaki (鯛 焼 き) literally means Grilled snapper fish, only fish looks like this. Taiyaki is a sweet (or salty) cake made from batter, water, and yeast ... it is usually filled with sweet red bean paste (azuki) and grilled in a pan shaped like snapper fish. Many buy Taiyaki for its symbolism, as the red snapper fish symbolizes luck and luck.

Taiyaki is basically a regular fish-shaped pancake or waffle. It is placed on a grid with mold on both sides. It's pretty similar to the Swiss crepes. And it is usually grilled golden yellow. It also resembles Imagawayaki, a thick, round cake that is also filled with azuki bean paste or cream. This is the famous cupcake that the character Yami from To Love Ru usually eats.

Curiosities about Taiyaki

His first appearance was in 1908 at a candy store called Naniwaya in Azabu, Tokyo. Today it can be found all over Japan, but it has gradually lost the luster it once had. It became even more popular after a single (song) was released in Japan in 1975. The single called Oyoge! Taiyaki-kun tells the story of a Taiyaki who got tired of getting in shape and fled into the sea.

You can find taiyaki made not only from sweet beans, but also from chocolate, cream, cheese, green tea, and others. The reality is that the possibilities are endless, just like the pancake. They even invented ice cream, and there are also savory flavors filled with meat and chicken, street food it's from festivals but can be found in markets and food courts. They usually cost around 100 to 300 yen each. The size depends on where you buy it, but it is usually around 6 inches.

Taiyaki recipe


  • 2 cups of wheat flour;
  • 2 eggs; (There are recipes without eggs);
  • 5 tablespoons of sugar;
  • 1/2 teaspoon of baking powder;
  • 1/2 cup of water;
  • 1/2 tablespoon of salt

How to do ...:

  1. Beat the eggs with the sugar until they foam, then gradually add the flour and water.
  2. Finally add the salt and the yeast;
  3. Heat the taiyaki pan, grease it, and pour in enough batter to cover the bottom.
  4. Fill in the spot you want and cover with a little more batter, close the pan, turn and bake until both sides are golden brown.

Some came up with the idea of ​​buying a form of taiyaki and selling it at trade fairs in Brazil instead of the traditional Swiss crepes. Maybe this is an option for you. So it's easy to find them at events about Japan and Anime. Did you have the chance to try? Let us know your experience in the comments and share this article with friends.

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