Red bean: Is it Dessert or is it Breakfast?

21 May

East village is one of my favorite places to go when I’m craving Japanese food.  My favorite spot is Otafuku. This small shop, located on 236 E 9th St, offers some of Japan’s most authentic snacks and food.

I ordered the Taiyaki, in translation means “baked sea bream.” Don’t be fooled by the name. It tasted nothing like fish. It’s actually a hot cake batter cooked on a waffle-like maker and filled with your choice of red bean, custard, or black sesame paste. I got the red bean. It was hot and fresh off of their waffle maker and right into my hand, all in less than 3 minutes.

Red bean is a common ingredient in Asian cuisine. It is typically used as a dessert paste, or filling. I personally grew up eating it hot out of the bowl, or freezing cold as a drink or ice cream pop, but never as a filling.

The fish-fossil looking delicacy was the first meal of my day. It had an exterior crisp at the edges and when you bite into it, you instantly get the  light vanilla flavor  from the soft waffle. Then the best part comes, the warm red bean melts in your mouth. It wasn’t too sweet but there was just enough sugar to accentuate the flavor of the red beans.

Ah! What a great way to start breakfast.


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