We do fish wa les bet­ter than Ja­pan

Vancouver Magazine - - Cover Story - —Steve Burgess

Some­times mem­o­rable culi­nary ex­pe­ri­ences are about cir­cum­stances. One day in Ky­oto, Ja­pan, I found my­self in the base­ment of a de­part­ment store hold­ing a pip­ing-hot cus­tard-filled wa le treat while a woman in a sur­gi­cal mask sang me a song. The song was “Oyoge! Taiyaki-kun,” the o icial song of the treat I was hold­ing—a pop­u­lar dessert called taiyaki. Taiyaki is Ja­panese for “fried fish,” but hap­pily the name is de­rived only from the fish-shaped wa le. It’s filled with cus­tard or sweet red beans and is best en­joyed hot o the grill. In Van­cou­ver, Snowy Vil­lage makes a Korean vari­a­tion that uses crois­sant dough in­stead of the usual wa le bat­ter. And 720 Sweets also makes them fresh. Get­ting some­one to sing you the song is more a mat­ter of luck.

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