Holiday Gift Guide

My mama bought this special gift box of dorayaki at Mitsuwa the other day. I guess they were on sale for half-off ($9 instead of $18- Japanese gourmet snacks tend to be pricey); she's so friggin' shrewd!

Dorayaki is a Japanese dessert of azuki (sweet red beans) sandwiched between two little pancakes. This special brand called Matsuura, from Yamagata prefecture, slathers on a layer of buttercream with the azuki, which was such a delight!!! You see the white peeping through above the azuki??


I have never had dorayaki with cream in it- the butter made it taste very peculiar, and... Western. That sounds really funny, but dorayaki is so quintessentially Japanese for me that adding butter completely changed the dynamics. In a good way, I suppose, but it was really weird, like tasting truffle for the first time.

Dorayaki is also well-known for being Doraemon's favorite snack. They certainly remind me of childhood.



  • I know a place in Japan where you can get cream puff with custard, red beans and whipped cream. They are divine!

    Yamahomo on

  • Ha! You're right, it does look huge! My bad, I was so preoccupied with getting a good shot of the cream.

    It's about the size of, say, the palm of your hand.

    kayoko on

  • Is it just me, or does the perspective on the photo make it look huge? It's like a cheeseburger almost in comparison to the hand in the photo!!

    Yamahomo: Can't say something like that without sharing. I want to put it on my list of places to visit next time.

    aldo on

  • Yama, this would be the perfect ReCPY!

    kayoko on

  • Yummy.. I've tried it before but I never got the recipe.. I'm yet pondering about on google and just ads pop in. Hope to get the recipe someday..


    Midori-Chan on

  • Homemade cream puff is a bit hard to stuff everything in, but I will make something with cream/bean paste/custard concoction sometime.

    Yamahomo on

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