Taiyaki - The famous fish-shaped dumpling


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Taiyaki (鯛焼き) literally means grilled snapper fish, only of fish he only looks. Taiyaki is a sweet (or salty) cake made with dough, water and yeast ... It is usually stuffed with sweet red bean paste (azuki) and grilled in a shape shaped like snapper fish. Many buy Taiyaki because of its symbolism, as the red snapper fish, symbolizes good luck and fortune.

Taiyaki is basically a normal fish-shaped pancake or waffle. It is placed on a grid with mold on both sides. It is quite similar to those swiss crepes. And it is usually grilled until golden. It is also similar to imagawayaki, which is a thick, round cake also filled with azuki bean paste or cream. This is the famous cupcake that the character Yami from To Love Ru usually eats.

Taiyaki - o famoso bolinho em formato de peixe

Curiosities about Taiyaki

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

You can find taiyaki not just from sweet beans, but from chocolate, cream, cheese, green tea and others. The reality is that it provides endless possibilities just like the pancake. They even invented ice cream, and there are also savory flavors stuffed with meat and chicken. He is considered a 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 about 15 cm.

Taiyaki - o famoso bolinho em formato de peixe

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 salt

How to make:  

  1. Beat the eggs with the sugar until frothy, and add flour and water little by little;
  2. Finally add the salt and yeast;
  3. Heat the taiyaki pan, grease, and pour enough dough to cover the bottom;
  4. Fill the way you want and cover with a little more dough, close the pan, turn, bake until both sides are golden brown;

Some had the idea of buying a form of taiyaki and selling it at fairs in Brazil instead of the traditional Swiss crepe, perhaps this is an option for you. So it's easy to find them at events about Japan and anime. Have you had a chance to try it? Tell us your experience in the comments and share this article with friends.