Not to be confused with Takoyaki
is a Japanese fish-shaped cake. The most common filling is red bean paste that is made from sweetened azuki beans. Other common fillings may be custard, chocolate, or cheese. Some shops even sell taiyaki with okonomiyaki, gyoza filling, or a sausage inside.
Taiyaki is made using regular pancake
. 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
was first baked by a sweet shop Naniwaya in Azabu, Tokyo in 1909, and
now can be found all over Japan, especially at food courts of
supermarkets and and other Asian countries (for example Korea, but
they call it bungeoppang).
They are similar to , which are thick round cakes also filled with
sweet azuki bean paste or custard.
In popular culture
Taiyaki was the theme of a 1975–76 Japanese hit single
, "Oyoge! Taiyaki-kun"
("Swim! Taiyaki") sung
by Masato Shimon
. The single sold more
than 4.5 million copies, and remains the largest-selling Japanese
single to this day ( ). Originally written for a children's TV
program, the song was about a taiyaki escaping from the vendor
stand into the sea, enjoying his brief freedom there until he is
finally caught by a fisherman and consumed. It was a thinly veiled
satire of the overworked Japanese businessman, with whom the record
struck a chord, resulting in the unexpected mega-hit.
In the video game Portal
, one of the modules making up the
game's villain, GLaDOS, talks only about absurd cake recipes,
including fish-shaped cake.
Taiyaki was briefly introduced in the Japanese high school drama
Nobuta wo Produce
), and Horikita Maki
, where Yamashita's character
explained how eating the head of the fish first made him feel
It is eaten by characters Chiyo
at a cultural festival
in episode 16
of the anime series Azumanga
Also found in the anime Ai Yori Aoshi
an entire episode. (Aoi trying to find Kaoru to try Taiyaki, for
the first time, made by a legendary taiyaki maker)
Taiyaki is the favorite food of Ayu
is also very fond of them.
In Disgaea: Hour of
and Disgaea 2:
the player can purchase taiyaki as a healing