Behind the Story of Blood and Tears – Japanese Snacks: Konpeitō, Taiyaki
It doesn’t take long before we learn O-Bun has quite an appetite, especially for sweets. Here are a couple of her favorites…
Konpeitō is a traditional Japanese candy made by repeatedly pouring sugar syrup over a tiny seed crystal of sugar until it grows into a small, spiky “rock.”It originated at a time when refined sugar was extremely rare. The traditional version is made with just sugar syrup and a touch of coloring, without any additional flavoring.
Taiyaki: tai = sea bream, yaki = grill or cook
Tai is a fish associated with good fortune, especially in finance. Because this fish is quite expensive, it is usually only served on holidays and special occasions. A considerably more affordable lucky snack is taiyaki, a pastry consisting of a pancake-like exterior filled with sweetened bean paste. It is prepared much like a waffle, using fish-shaped iron molds.
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