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***.

(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.


  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!

  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? :)

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

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

  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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