I’ve been meaning to visit Kawagoe 川越市 for awhile now, and with the beautiful weather yesterday morning, I thought it’d be the day. By the time we got to Ikebukuro Station, the wind picked up so all of the trains stopped until they could travel more safely. Not wanting to wait around indefinitely, I strolled around Ikebukuro instead, where I spotted this small taiyaki shop (pronounced: tie-yah-key).
Taiyaki is a Japanese sweet snack made from pancake batter, cooked in a fish-shaped mold, and stuffed with red bean paste. It can be filled with other things such as chocolate, custard, or cheese, but red bean paste is the most common and traditional.
Shinjuku Tsubakian is owned by a sweet woman, who is nothing but smiles and polite words. She cooks everything to order so your taiyaki is fresh, hot, and crunchy! Everything is homemade, and her shop specializes in thick crust teriyaki for 150 yen.