Monday, June 1, 2009

Dorayaki (銅鑼焼き)

My all-time favorite Japanese manga series is Doraemon. The series - wildly imaginative - it is about a robotic cat name Doraemon, who travels back in time to aid a schoolboy. Click here if you like to read more about it.

Doraemon's favorite snack is dorayaki. Unlike Doraemon, who is make believe, dorayaki is a real-life Japanese snack which consists of two small pancake-like patties wrapped around a filling of sweet red bean paste. Living in Taiwan, I had it fairly often.

I see them at local Asian markets, but at $3.99 for a package of 5, I can never bring myself to buy it. So when I came across a recipe for dorayaki the other day, I decided to give it a whirl.

Oh, I made a huge mess! A couple of my pancakes were overcooked* (read: burnt black) on the outside and undercooked (read: gooey) on the inside**. My kitchen counter was covered in sticky goo and I was left with a thousand things to wash. Oy.

But when it was all said and done, although my dorayaki sorely lacked in presentation, they excelled in taste!

The pancakes (when cooked just right - the one in the picture was my best of the batch) tasted nice, light, and fluffy. It had just the right amount of sweetness. Perfect little snacks. Just like I remembered. Hubs and I polished off everything while watching Harper's Island***.

Dorayaki:
(makes 4 dorayaki)

- 2 eggs
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 cup water
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1 cup flour
- 1/2 cup red bean paste (available at Asian grocery stores or make it at home)

1. Put eggs and sugar in a bowl and whisk very well.
2. Dissolve baking soda in water. Add the water in the egg mixture.
3. Add flour and honey in the egg mixture gradually.
4. Heat a skillet or hot plate and lightly oil it. Pour a scoop of the batter into the skillet and make a small pancake (about 4 inches in diameter).
5. Turn over when bubbles appear on the surface. Repeat this process to make 8 pancakes.
6. Cool the pancakes. Make pairs of pancakes and put a scoop of sweet bean paste between them.

*Next time I will be sure to make 'em smaller - easier to cook and handle.
**I imagine a nice flat griddler would be a perfect tool to cook these cakes evenly.
***Anyone else watching that show? Who is the killer?? We think it's the freakish little girl.

5 comments:

  1. Great job with the dorayaki! I've never tried to make it before, thought the pancakes would be too hard to make. But your pancakes look delicious in that photo!

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  2. I've never seen Doraemon. The plot sounds intriguing though - makes for many ways to introduce plot complications.

    Don't you think makign a mess is part of the joy of cooking? :)

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  3. Hey there...chanced upon your blog while randomly surfing. Your dorayaki looks good! :) Read your FAQs..very funny! ;)

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  4. I've never had these before but they look and sound really tasty.

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  5. Looks like red bean paste sandwitched between two pancakes, but the moment Joyce gave me a bite...all I can say is YUM! More please!

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