Taiyaki literally means baked sea bream, and it’s a typical Japanese fish-shaped cake. Don’t let the shape of this cake confuse you, fish is not among the ingredients used to make this sweet cake. The most common filling is anko (red bean paste), made from azuki beans. Anko is also the main ingredient for dorayaki as well.
Common fillings include chocolate, custard, cheese or sweet potato. Nowadays many other types of fillings are available such as sausages, meat, okonomiyaki, etc.
For all of you kitchen savvy guys, try making taiyaki if you have one of these molds. You can also use another another shape if you want to.
1-2 cups of all-purpose flour, salt5g, sugar30g, baking powder, eggs, water, azuki paste(or any other filling of your choice)
• Mix the flour, salt, sugar and baking powder into a bowl. Make a hole in the middle and add a beaten egg and water, mix it slowly.
• Warm the taiyaki pan and use a “brush” of paper towel to spread a layer of oil on the mold to prevent the batter from sticking to the mold.
• Fill the taiyaki mold halfway with batter.
• Put a good spoonful of azuki paste (or any other filling) on top of the batter and evenly disperse the filling between the head and mid tail sections. Fill the rest of the fish mold with batter to cover the filling.
• Close the taiyaki mold and flip it, then cook it for 30 seconds on medium-low heat. Cook it until golden brown.
• It’s done! Enjoy!