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.