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Taiyaki
Food

taken from Wikipedia.org

Taiyaki is a fish-shaped waffle. The most common filling is red bean paste made from azuki beans.

Other common fillings are custard, chocolate, and cheese. Some shops even sell taiyaki with okonomiyaki or a sausage inside. Taiyaki is made using taiyaki or 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 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 Japanese festivals. This is similar to imagawayaki, which is a thick round cake also filled with sweet azuki bean paste or custard.

Relevance to One Pound Gospel

Taiyaki is one of Kosaku's favorite indulgences.


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