Taiyaki (鯛焼き, , literally “baked sea bream”) is a Japanese fish-shaped cake. It imitates the shape of Tai (Japanese Red seabream). It is also the origin of the name. The most common filling is red bean paste that is made from sweetened azuki beans. Other common fillings may be custard, chocolate, cheese, or sweet potato. Some shops even sell taiyaki with okonomiyaki, gyoza filling, or a sausage inside.
Taiyaki is made using regular pancake or waffle batter. The batter is poured into a fish-shaped mold for each side. The filling is then put on one side and the mold is closed. It is then cooked on both sides until golden brown.
Taiyaki is believed to have originated in Tokyo during the Meiji era, and can now be found all over Japan, especially at food courts of supermarkets and at Japanese festivals (祭, matsuri).
They are similar to imagawayaki (今川焼き), which are thick round cakes also filled with sweet azuki bean paste or custard.
A similar item (adapted during the Japanese occupation of Korea), shaped like carp rather than sea bream, is served from street stalls in South Korea, where they are known as bungeo-ppang (붕어빵).
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Boba tea was originally created as a tea-based drink that was invented in the 1980s in tea shops in Taichung, Taiwan. As in the name, most bubble tea drinks contain a tea base mixed with fruit flavor or milk. Ice-blended versions are usually mixed with more ice, resulting in a slushy consistency. The fun of boba tea comes from the small chewy tapioca balls, also known as the “pearls”, boba, zhen zhu, or “the chew balls”.
The drink is made in a variety of ways and has evolved over the decades. There are many different recipes that each tea shop holds, that makes them stand out from the rest. These include different ingredients, like milk, cream, ice cream, shaved ice, fresh fruit, syrup, flavored powders, soy milk, black tea, and/or green jasmine tea.