Taiyaki has been one of the most traditional and popular sweets for Japanese people since Meiji-era. Taiyaki is mainly made by flour and dough is baked in the special hot iron plate which can shape it like a fish. ‘Akihabara Kuriko-An’ has been running since August, 2015 and specializing taiyaki. You can enjoy many kinds of taiyaki as season changes.
Kuriko-An is located in Mansei bridge cross road which follows Chuo street from JR-Akihabara station. The best thing of taiyaki is in its convenience. You don’t need to wait for a long time once you order it. Taiyaki sold here wraps full of cream with soft pancake which looks like a fish. They have more than 120 varieties and they sell 5 or 6 types of taiyaki as following the season.
The basic and popular taiyakis are ‘Ogura-An(Sweat red beans paste)’ and ‘Premium Cream with vanilla beans’. You can see the translation in English, Chinese, Korean and Thai. A staff said ‘ the taste of Premium Cream is so rich. It’s really popular for foreigners.’
The most recommended taiyaki is ‘Chestnut and Red Beans (Kuriko-an)’. You can enjoy stewing chestnuts in strained beans paste. Because strained beans paste does not sweet too much, the harmony of chestnut and red beans paste is so great.
The seasonal limited taiyakis when we reported here were ‘Sakura in Melting Snow with rice cake’, and the cherry leaf pickled in salt is fragrant ‘Sakura cream’. The color of cream was like that of Sakura.
Not only taiyaki, but also other sweets have full of variety based on a seasonal change. When we report here, they sold the rice cake with strawberry that is popular during spring.
You can see the special hot plate for taiyaki from the side. Because it can bake six taiyakis at once, it is called ’yoshoku-mono’ which means farm-raised fishes. (There is another type of hot plate that can bake taiyaki one by one. It’s called ‘tenen-mono’ which means natural fish.)
It’s so fun just by watching dough becoming taiyaki little by little.
Taiyaki of Kuriko-An is so thick that it can stand by itself. The point to make it that thick is to get together the both side of pieces of pancake as the last step.
Once you buy it, please enjoy while it’s hot! Let’s enjoy Akiba with this special hot, sweet and awesome taiyaki!
- NAME：Akihabara Kuriko-An
- ADDRESS：1-15-1, Sotokanda, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, 101-0021, Japan
- HOURS OF OPERATION：From 10:00AM to 9:00PM