posted on April 22, 2014

Tai-yaki, Ningyo-yaki, and Imagawa-yaki are favorite Japanese sweets among Japanese people. They are a kind of two pancakes with sweet red bean paste sandwiched  between them. Today, other fillings than sweet red bean paste are popular. They are custard, chocolate, strawberry, and other sweet fillings. Sweet red bean paste is served in two types: “Koshi-an” and “Tsubu-an.” “Koshi-an” is boiled red beans passed through a sieve and has smooth texture without bean skins. “Tsubuan” is boiled red beans smashed roughly and has bean skins in it.

 

Tai-yaki is in the shape of fish, “Tai (sea bream).” Some Tai-yaki shops serve sweet bean paste with chestnuts in it, which is attracting more customers. It’s fun to watch experienced confectioners making Tai-yaki in a smooth and rhythmical manner!

 

Tai-yaki making machine

Tai-yaki making machine

 

Tai-yaki

Tai-yaki

 

Ningyo-yaki is in the shape of various dolls. “Ningyo” means a doll. Especially, Asakusa, which is one of the popular tourist spots in Tokyo and still maintains the atmosphere of downtown Tokyo in the good old days, is famous for many delicious Ningyo-yaki shops.

 

Ningyo-yaki making machine

Confectioner making Ningyo-yaki by using baking pans

 

Ningyo-yaki

Ningyo-yaki

 

Imagawa-yaki or Kaiten-yaki is in the shape of  a cylinder. This sweet is often sold on the basement food floors of department stores, and sells well to people who are on their way home after their shopping or work.

 

Imagawa-yaki making machine

Imagawa-yaki making machine