I know it’s Pepero Day today. I was going to draw a little comic for Pepero Day… However, the Taiyaki mold arrived today. I ordered the mold on Amazon. I’ve been craving Taiyaki since early this year. The reason? Oh… I think you can guess based on the image above. :’D Yup! It’s, once again, Mystic Messenger’s fault. They tempted me.
I am very obsessed with this game, I know.
I wanted to eat it so badly that I looked for the closest place that sold it near my workplace… It was too far to go buy some… ;;;
I also looked for it when I went on the Asia Trip… I bought some from Taiwan! I bought from 3 different stores in Taiwan. I actually… disliked the taste from there. ;;; Two out of three places made taiyaki with a terrible after taste. The 3rd place didn’t have such a strong after taste, so I liked it the best out of the three. Here is a picture of my favorite one.
Even though this is my favorite one… they served it cold! I was disappointed… These are meant to be eaten when hot! QQ The taste was pretty bland, too. The best part was there was little to no after taste.
I am pretty picky because I ate this snack since I was little. I liked a particular taste that I usually get from the “taiyaki” that was sold in front of the market by a cart vendor. That vendor is no longer selling this snack anymore. I miss it so much!
Anyways, lately I’ve been having some interest in cooking food over the stove even though I am lazy and don’t like cooking all that much. (I am starting to like it a little more though! :D) The idea of taiyaki popped up because I was browsing through a cook’s website. When I saw it, I was very tempted to make it! I still want some after all~ They even suggested to look on Amazon for the mold, which I did~ 😀
My mom was interested in making this snack for a while as well, so I asked her to join in. 😀
And… since she joined in… she made the red bean filling! 😀 It’s so delicious~ My dad and mom both made the custard filling! So we had 2 fillings to choose. Both are yummy! ^^
When we started making taiyaki with the first recipe, it failed terribly. It was salty. It didn’t have the same smell. It tasted bland… I hurriedly looked for a second recipe after.
In the 2nd recipe, by Eugenie Kitchen, it looked correct, so we tried it. The only issue we had with this recipe was the amount of baking powder it contains. My family don’t really like the after taste of baking powder. We are quite hesitant in using too much baking powder for baking. That’s why for this recipe, we modified it a little by using lesser baking powder. The result? The taiyaki didn’t rise properly! It was really dense! @_@
Then my mom proceeded with experimenting on different measurements and methods with making this. We did this for a few hours… ;;; It was still not considered a success. However, we both agreed that Eugenie’s recipe was great. It tasted exactly like how we remembered it to be! 😀 When we were making it, we could even smell the goodness! Mmm~
Here’s a picture of one of the better looking taiyaki we made.
We are still having trouble with not burning the taiyaki. ;;; We know it’s low heat. We know we need to flip the mold. I think the issue was we discussed about the ingredients/methods and chatted for too long that we forgot to flip it quickly. :’D We are still trying to get the hang of this!
Overall, it was fun. We plan to try to perfect this soon~ Hehe.