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Taiyaki Fish-Shaped Pastry Recipe

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There is a popular Japanese childrens song called Oyoge! Taiyaki-kun about a taiyaki fish who escaped the vendor who made it. The brave little fish makes it all the way to the open sea where it is thrilled to swim free among pink coral. The taiyaki survives sharks and finds refuge in an underwater shipwreck but finally is caught by fishermen and eaten. It sounds somewhat like a Japanese version of the Gingerbread Man although Japanese pundits thought its popularity was due to the analogy of the beleaguered taiyaki and the average Japanese working man stuck in an office. The Japanese people cheer on the little taiyaki with hope, but how dismal the ending!

I prefer to make up another end to this story: all the children of Japan now celebrate taiyaki by making two--one to eat in honor of the fish and one to set free to befriend the little taiyaki under the sea. The end.

Make up your own happy taiyaki ending and remember to cook a few for yourself to enjoy.


2 cups flour
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
3 Tbsp. sugar
3 eggs
1-1/2 cups milk
4 Tbsp. butter, melted (may substitute vegetable oil)
1 cup tsubushian or koshian (sweet red bean paste)
vegetable oil

chocolate chips, optional



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