WHAT IS TAIYAKI?
Taiyaki's literal translation is "grilled sea-bream", which is a popular style of fish. However, don't let the name fool you on flavor. This delicious street food classic is actually a waffle-like batter shaped like a fish and filled with an assortment of sweet fillings.
Although the fish shape is not certain, some say that sea bream was very expensive in the past. So, vendors used to shape the pastries like fish to make it seem more luxurious. Regardless of social status, these cakes are incredibly irresistible and loved by many.
HOW TO MAKE TAIYAKI
CRISPY TAIYAKI RECIPE
First, sift ½ cup of cake flour and 2 teaspoons of baking powder and set aside. Usually to achieve light texture, cake flour is used for taiyaki 붕어빵 and 호두과자 walnut cake.
Then in a mixing bowl, crack in an egg and add in 3 tablespoons of granulated sugar and ¾ cup of milk. Whisk until combined.
Now preheat the pan over low heat. You can buy this pan online such as Amazon.com. Just google “taiyaki pan.”
Then pour in flour mixture into wet mixture and fold until homogeneously mixed.
And brush the molds with vegetable oil, brush all four molds. And fill the mold only half full with batter.
Then spoon in the 1 tablespoon of sweet red bean paste. I am using cooked sweetened whole red bean paste for patbingsoo. And pour the batter in the mold until it’s full. Close the pan and turn it over. Cook for 30 seconds. Repeat until cooked. It normally takes for 3 to 4 minutes over low heat.
(Recipe: Eugenie Kitchen)
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