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Taiyaki - Fish waffles with red bean or custard

mabziegurl Sep 1, 2006 04:44 AM

Anyone know where I can get this?

  1. Kitchen Queen Sep 1, 2006 04:57 AM

    99 Ranch used to make these fresh (outside) with red bean paste but, haven't seen them in awhile. Have you tried in their "cookie" section. They may also have them frozen and you can put in the oven. Or Mitzuwa market?? It's a Japanese treat so, check places that sell Japanese products. :) KQ

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      Otius Gojius Sep 1, 2006 05:47 AM

      Fish waffles! Wonderful memories of a cart outside Kanda station, Tokyo. The authentic carts were even hard for me to find in Tokyo, but then some of the chain crepe places (very popular with Japanese teens) sell mini-fish waffles, in many novel varieties but the Thriller, the Absolute Killer is Fish Waffles filled with sweet potato! Once you get that, you don't want to settle for the red bean paste again.
      I'll drive to southside of Gardena for a sweet potato fish waffle!

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      1. re: Otius Gojius
        mabziegurl Sep 1, 2006 05:49 AM

        Gardena where? I went to Marukai, but had no luck.

        1. re: mabziegurl
          revets2 Sep 1, 2006 05:47 PM

          i think they only serve on saturday. make sure you call first before you go. i think the bakery listed below runs it. again, i haven't been in a year.

          1. re: mabziegurl
            Professor Salt Sep 1, 2006 10:00 PM

            There's at least three Marukais in Gardena.

            The one with the Beard Papa also has a vendor in the food court area that makes taiyaki. It's a permanent booth, not a cart, so it's there all the time for your cravings.

            Marukai Market
            1620 W. Redondo Beach Blvd

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          revets2 Sep 1, 2006 10:37 AM

          last year, i went to a stand on a saturday outside Marukai Market in Gardena. i don't know if they're still there. they had choc & custard.
          Marukai Market in Gardena
          1740 West Artesia Boulevard
          Gardena, CA 90248
          Phone: (310) 660-6300

          also try calling:
          3502 W. Jefferson Blvd.
          Los Angeles, CA 90018
          TEL: (323) 732-1282
          Open 9:30 am ~ 2:30 pm except Mondays

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          1. re: revets2
            monku Sep 2, 2006 12:18 AM

            Kinokuni, they're the people who come to Marukai Market, I got their card one day at Marukai.

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              revets2 Sep 2, 2006 07:58 AM

              that's what i thought. can you verify that it's the one on artesia? just want to make sure i'm not confusing locations.

          2. Moomin Sep 1, 2006 02:27 PM

            Ebisu in Fountain Valley has them:


            Along with Takoyaki and Okonomiyaki... you could make quite a meal of it if you had the fortitude!

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              tuttifrutti Sep 1, 2006 09:51 PM

              They had a joint inside the Galleria supermarket in K-town (corner of Olympic and Western) that made them fresh... i haven't been there in ~6 months, but i'm pretty sure they're still making it.

              mmm~ so yummy when it's fresh and hot!

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                GK in SO Sep 1, 2006 10:06 PM

                Hmmmm....fish and waffles...in my book, two words that should NEVER be said in the same sentence.


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                1. re: GK in SO
                  tuttifrutti Sep 1, 2006 10:20 PM

                  oh, you've never had THIS kind of waffle...

                  1. re: GK in SO
                    monku Sep 2, 2006 12:17 AM

                    It's a waffle that's shaped like a fish.

                    1. re: GK in SO
                      melonbar Sep 2, 2006 12:18 AM

                      Heh, maybe it should have been named fish-shaped waffles. I've had fresh ones outside of the Gaju Market in Garden Grove. Tasty stuff.

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                      Hailyn Sep 1, 2006 11:34 PM

                      I just bought a huge package of red bean taiyaki, frozen, at the Nijiya Supermarket in Little Tokyo. The filling is pleasingly chunky, the way I like it, not smooth -- though a bit too sweet. They heat up well in the microwave or toaster oven.

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