Taiyaki (tai = sea bream, yaki = grilled/baked) is a waffle-like Japanese snack, a classic vendor snack baked it in iron mold.
Warm soft fish-like shape filled with sweet red-bean paste or edamame paste and cold filled with chocolate, vanilla cream or cheese.
Tai was considered as an expensive fish and only be eaten on a special occasion in Meiji Era (1868-1912). Long time back, the Japanese street snack vendor made it in a circular shape but they had decided to changed its shape into tai shape and started the trend (adapted from http://www.justonecookbook.com/taiyaki/). #streetfood#streetfoods#foodculture#travelfood
Almost 200 years old Hashimoto is now on its 6th generation owner, Shinji Hashimoto. From its unpretentious exterior you'd never guess he was awarded a Michelin star a few years back, there's no sign and nothing inside has changed. He just focuses on the same single thing that his family has focused on for 185 years... the secret recipe to his tare sauce is whispered from father to son while guarded by alert samurai... ok I made that last bit up, but it's a secret recipe and it's delicious.