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Scrumptious Taiyaki Crammed Full of Red Bean Paste in Asagaya, Tokyo!

Have you heard of Taiyaki? It's a traditional Japanese sweet that looks like a fish-shaped waffle. They can be filled with various sweet fillings, but anko (red bean paste) is the most traditional filling. There's one special shop in Asagaya, Tokyo that offers taiyaki that are absolutely jam-packed full of anko!

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A Taiyaki Shop Opened by a Anko Nerd

Close to the Suginami ward office, next to Minami Asagaya Station on the Marunouchi Subway Line is a special taiyaki called 'Taiyaki Anbien.' What makes the taiyaki served here special is that they are absolutely crammed full of delicious anko (red bean paste).
The shop is still quite new, and is run by an eccentric owner who is a self-proclaimed "anko otaku (nerd)." His love of anko led him to eventually open his own shop, and the taiyaki he serves is exactly what you would expect from someone who loves anko. The taiyaki are sold for ¥180 each but trust me, just one isn't enough.
Taiyaki can vary greatly from shop to shop, and the taiyaki here at anbien is known for it's super-thin skin. Taiyaki sometimes has a skin that is so thick that it is still a bit gooey near the center, but here, the skin is so thin that you can see the anko filling poking though. It's definitely an anko-centric taiyaki that is a dream come true for someone who loves anko!
The skin is thin, but actually quite crispy and a great balance to the anko filling inside. The anko is steamy and hot, clearly freshly made! Apparently the anko is completely homemade and can even be purchased by itself for those who want to make their own baked goods with it.

If you're a fan of taiyaki, or have never had it before, this store is highly recommended! While you're in Asagaya, there is also a fun shopping street to explore, so it's definitely worth the trip!
I live in west Tokyo and spend most of my time thinking about food or going bouldering.

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