7 Facts about Dorayaki That Make You Want To Try!

7 Facts about Dorayaki That Make You Want To Try!

While many people praise how tasty Japanese food is, we don’t hear much about Japanese desserts. Contrary to very sweet Western desserts, Japanese deserts taste quite different. In fact, Japanese sweets, in other word Wagashi, are usually based on azuki red bean, which has slightly sweet taste. Dorayaki is one of the wagashi sweets that we enjoy in Japan. It is also made with azuki red bean. I would like to tell you 7 facts about dorayaki that make you want to try in Japan. Although many Japanese sweets are very different from Western sweets, I believe that dorayaki is a Japanese dessert that you can easily enjoy. I will tell you why we, Japanese, enjoy dorayaki so much and why you might also enjoy it as well.



 

7 Facts about Dorayaki That Make You Want To Try!

 

1. What is dorayaki?

Dorayaki is one of the Japanese sweets that are loved by Japanese people. It is made of two hand-sized pancakes made of castella. Between the pancakes, it is filled with sweet azuki red bean paste. It actually tastes as if you are eating pancakes, accompanied with Japanese red bean paste. The name comes from the word “dora” which means “gong” in Japanese. It is said that we call it “dorayaki” because pancakes look like gongs. We don’t know exactly where this name comes from or when it was created. The dorayaki we enjoy today was, in fact, created in the Taisho period (1912-1926). But it is documented that a similar sweet already existed back in the Edo period.

 

2. Enjoy the traditional dorayaki in Usagiya

Founded in 1913, Usagiya is the first store that started to sell dorayaki that we are familiar today. The store still exists today in Ueno, Tokyo. It continues to make the same Dorayaki that was sold 1000 years ago. Pancakes are very soft and they match the slightly sweet taste of red bean paste inside. All dorayaki sweets are packed right after they were baked. I recommend you to try one right away while they are still warm. Since this store is very popular, it is preferable to go there early in the day. You can make a reservation if you arrive after 16:00. There is a possibility that all dorayaki are sold at the end of the day.

How to get there: 3 min walk from Ueno Hirokoji Station on Ginza Subway Line.
Website: http://www.ueno-usagiya.jp/

 

3. Try the most popular dorayaki in Kameju

Situated in Asakusa where a historical part of Tokyo is found, Kameju sells the famous dorayaki known in Tokyo. The size of Dorayaki is bigger compared to other stores. Inside the tasty pancakes, you can choose from red bean paste or white bean paste.

How to get there: 3 min walk from Asakusa Station on Ginza Subway Line
Website: http://www.asakusa-noren.ne.jp/kamejyu/sp.html

 

4. If you don’t like azuki red bean, try nama-dorayaki!

I can understand that not all Western people appreciate azuki red bean. They are not sweet enough compare to most Western sweets and cakes. I have good news for you. You can still enjoy dorayaki even if you don’t like azuki red bean! I recommend you to try what we call, nama-dorayaki. Nama-dorayaki looks very much like a standard dorayaki, but there is whipping cream inside, instead of red bean paste. It is a special dorayaki, which is a specialty in the Gunma Prefecture. It actually tastes like eating pancakes with whipping cream on it. On top of that, there are different tastes of whipping cream to choose from: coffee, macha green tea, chestnut, etc. In some dorayaki, there is a strawberry with whipping cream inside pancakes.

The famous wagashi store, Toraya, sells this nama-dorayaki.
Website: https://www.tora-ya.co.jp

 

5. Dorayaki ice cream

As I told you earlier, there are dorayaki with whipping cream inside the pancakes. Inside dorayaki ice cream, there is ice cream between the pancakes. As a result, it tastes as if you are eating pancakes with ice cream on it. You can purchase it in any supermarket or convenient stores in Japan.

 

6. Dorayaki in Japanese pop culture

Dorayaki appears in the famous manga “Doraemon.” The character Doraemon is a robot came from the future, but his favorite food is dorayaki. In the English version of this manga, dorayaki is translated as “yummy buns.” It shows how much dorayaki is appreciated in Japan. You can also purchase dorayaki with Doraemon character on it available from Bunmeido. It is, however, only sold twice in a year, around March and around September. You can find it in department stores in Japan.

 

7. In Kansai, we don’t call it dorayaki

If you are visiting Osaka or Kyoto in the Kansai region of Japan, you shouldn’t look for “dorayaki.” It is because dorayaki isn’t called “dorayaki” in the Kansai region. In fact, it is called “mikasa,” which means triple straw hat. Since dorayaki looks like an ancient straw hat, the name probably comes from that.

 

Conclusion

Japanese wagashi sweets aren’t very famous in the world. I hope you know a bit more about this particular Japanese sweet called dorayaki. Because it is made of pancakes, it would be a great dessert that you can try when you visit Japan. You can try dorayaki from famous stores. Or you can simply find it in supermarkets or convenient stores. If you are thinking of trying wagashi sweets, I strongly recommend you to try dorayaki!

 

7 Facts about Dorayaki That Make You Want To Try!

1. What is dorayaki?
2. Enjoy the traditional dorayaki in Usagiya
3. Try the most popular dorayaki in Kameju
4. If you don’t like azuki red bean, try nama-dorayaki!
5. Dorayaki ice cream
6. Dorayaki in Japanese pop culture
7. In Kansai, we don’t call it dorayaki