[Osaka] This was a surprise find as I was exploring the lesser-visited lanes around Dotonbori, Osaka. Though I have also seen this at Asakusa at Tokyo.
A moderately long queue, that ‘steam’ coming out from the baked Taiyaki, the look of satisfaction as customers take a bite off… can’t be that wrong.
Taiyaki 鯛焼き which literally means “baked sea bream” is a Japanese fish-shaped pancake that is commonly filled with red bean paste.
You may find other versions with custard, chocolate, cheese, and sweet potato.
Naruto Taiyaki Honpo 鳴門鯛焼本舗 is quite a famous Taiyaki chain which you is located at various parts of Japan from Tokyo (Asakusa, Yoyogi, Shinjuky), Osaka (Tenjinbashi, Nihonbashi), Kyoto (Nakagyo) and Kobe (Kitanagasadori, Chuo Ward).
They use a “Ten-nen” method of making Taiyaki, which means they are baked in individual moulds which require good control of time and fire.
This is contrasted with large iron griddles which is more ‘mass’ in production and quite commonly seen.
The shop offers two signature flavours – Red Bean (200 Yen, SGD2.45) and Sweet Potato (220 Yen, SGD2.70) though there can be seasonal fillings such as Custard.
While there was a line of about