The word Taiyaki in Japanese means baked red seabream, however these tasty fish treats aren’t really fishy at all. Taiyaki is a type of “Imagawayaki”, a traditional baked flour and azuki bean paste treat. Although there are different types of imagawayaki, the taiyaki variety is well loved by many festival goers both young and old. Taiyaki are waffle-like in their composition and cooking method. Batter is set on a molded grill and a filling is set between adjoining sides, these are baked into a whole and then eaten straight off the grill. Usually the filling is a sweet azuki bean paste though it may be substituted for other flavors and ingredients.
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