Updated: November 07, 2018
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Have You Ever Tried Taiyaki, The Grilled Fish Sweet?

Have You Ever Tried Taiyaki, the grilled fish sweet? It's not at all what it sounds like. It's an addictively tasty sweet you can find in Japan, and now also in many stores across the world!

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What Is Taiyaki? (鯛焼き)

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Taiyaki, literally means grilled seabream, but is a famous sweet in Japan. It is often sold in stands all around the country and is basically an unsweetened pancaked dough to which sweet red bean paste has been put in the centre and then grilled in the shape of a fish.
It is unknown why it is shaped as a fish, but since "tai" is a sign of good luck, it can be presumed it was said to bring luck.

The Different Flavours & Variations

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Red bean is the classic flavour you can find at all the taiyaki shops and stands, but custard cream has become quite standard as well. There are so many interesting new and seasonal flavours to try as well!
You can also find flavours such as matcha custard cream with or without red bean paste, and sometimes with mochi balls inside as well. The different flavour and texture mix is really interesting.
You can also find in many places across Tokyo, a thing called taiyaki croissant. It is a taiyaki shaped flakey pastry with a variety of tasty ingredients.
Surprisingly, you can also find savoury flavours which are also delicious. This one is curry cheese-flavoured.
This one of many many seasonal flavours! Since mint chocolate seems to be everywhere right now, taiyaki makers have also jumped aboard the bandwagon. Other seasonal flavours include sweet potato, chestnut, etc.

Where To Have It In Tokyo!

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If you're wondering where to get the most delicious taiyaki in Tokyo, click the link below.
Lili Wanderlust
I love travelling and discovering new cuisines. Japan has a panoply of local dishes to try. I also love yoga, coffee, reading, and cycling.

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