Dorayaki (dorayaki)

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Dorayaki is a favorite snack (o-yatsu, oyatsu) of many Japanese, young and old. Literally it means
"fried on a metal gong"
bean-jam pancake

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In Japanese, dora 銅鑼 is a gong and its shape is similar to that of the sweet cake.

Legend tells that the first Dorayaki were made when Benkei forgot his gong when leaving the home of a farmer,who had hid him in the barn. The man later used the metal gong to fry his pancakes, thus the name Dorayaki.
(It remains to wonder wheather farmers at that age were making this kind of pancake ...?? )
Benkei and Yoshitsune


Dorayaki (どら焼き, どらやき, 銅鑼焼き, ドラ焼き) is a type of Japanese confection which consists of two small pancake-like patties made from castella wrapped around a filling of sweet red bean paste.
It originally only had one layer, and the current shape was invented in 1914 by the Ueno Usagiya うさぎや.

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In Kansai area, such as Osaka or Nara, this sweet is often called mikasa(三笠焼き). The word originally means triple straw hat, but also an alternative name of Mount Wakakusa 若草山, a low hill with gentle slope located in Nara. Many local people picture the shape of this hill while eating a mikasa. In Nara, a larger mikasa of about 30 cm in diameter is famous.

7 - Abe no Nakamaro 安倍仲麿
. Mount Mikasa 三笠 - Wakakusayama 若草山.
. Ogura Hyakunin Isshu Poems 小倉百人一首 .

The Japanese manga and anime character Doraemon loves dorayaki, and it has been a plot device several times throughout the series. This is a kind of pun, though his name comes not from "dorayaki" but from the word "doraneko" (stray cat.) Since 2000, the company Bunmeido 文明堂 has been selling a limited version of dorayaki called Doraemon Dorayaki every year around March and September.
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上野松坂屋 Ueno Matsuzakaya


The company Marukyo in Tottori
(Marukyoo 丸京製菓 )

Baked Wheat Cake

They have succeeded to sell their dorayaki to many parts of the world.
The cakes are baked in a huge bakery and shipped worldwide. They are also available in many stores in Japan, where daily delivery is a must.

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Dorayaki with different patterns

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original Logo dorayaki オリジナルロゴのどら焼き


Dorayaki with different fillings

bataa dorayaki バター どら焼き with buttercream and red bean paste
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goshiki dorayaki 五色どらやき dorayaki in five colors
originally from Osaka, Akanemaku Honpo 茜丸本舗
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haato dorayaki ハートどら焼き Dorayaki in form of a heart
The perfect gift for lovers !
also with honey flavor or vanilla flavor

hoshi no dorayaki 星のどら焼き Dorayaki in form of a star
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ichigo dorayaki 苺どら焼き with strawberrry filling
itigodora / いちごどらやき
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kuri dorayaki 栗どら焼き with chestnut cream filling
Kuri Iri Dorayaki
kuridora. Sometimes a whole chestnut is embedded in the cream.
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. macha - green tea paste  
in the form of a tengu long-nosed goblin, from Mt. Takao
天狗焼き Tengu Yaki

mochidora, mochi dora 餅どらやき with a mochi inside
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namadora, nama dora 生どら "raw dora"
nama dorayaki 生どら焼き
... with green powdertea 抹茶生どら焼き
... with sour cream サワークリーム生どら焼き
... with sesame flavor ごま風味生どら焼き
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purin dora ぷりんどら dorayaki waffle with pudding
Yufuin, Oita, Kyushu

tokudai dorayaki 特大どらやき extra large dorayaki
With a diameter of 30 cm and weights 2 kg. A present for a wedding or birthdayparty.
You can even order a special inscription made from white chocolate on the front side.
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tsubuan dorayaki, tsubu-an dorayaki つぶあんどらやき
with rough red bean paste

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どらやき 「石山の秋月」 ishiyama no shuugetsu
"Full autumn moon at Mount Ishiyama"

Ishiyama and the famous temple Ishiyamadera
and another haiku sweet
Tabashiru たばしる

Worldwide use

mit süßem Bohnenmus gefüllte Castilla
Kastella mit Füllungen

kasutera カステラ Kastella, Castella
chiffon cake, sponge cake

Kasutera is a corruption of pão de Castella or Castile bread (Castile is a province of Spain). It was introduced by the Portugese missionaries via Nagasaki.

kasutera to seisho no atsumi haru fukashi

Castella cake
and the thickness of the bible -
spring deepens

Tr. Gabi Greve

Iwabuchi Kiyoko 岩淵喜代子

. WKD : The Bible and Haiku .

Things found on the way

Doraemon Daruma ドラえもん だるま


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dorayaki mo torayaki mo kite o-chuugen

I got Dorayaki
and also some Torayaki -
presents for mid-year

Iijima Haruko 飯島晴子 (1921 - 2000)

This is a play with words of DORA and TORA (Tiger).

torayaki 虎焼き Dorayaki in form of a little tiger

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chuugen 中元 "Middle third of the year"
Joogen, Chuugen and Kagen in the Asian calendar.


Bang your gong for dorayaki, Doraemon's favorite snack
Pancake sandwich

Traditional Japanese confections, or wagashi, can take a little getting used to for Western palates: The sticky-gooey texture of mochi (pounded rice) and the sweet an (bean paste) filling that are often used are quite different from most European-style cakes and cookies. But one snack that may suit the wagashi beginner is dorayaki.

A dorayaki is a palm-size treat comprising a sweet filling sandwiched between two round cakes that are similar to American pancakes.

Out of favor for some years like all wagashi, dorayaki have become quite trendy again as part of an overall wave of nostalgia for foods from the Showa Era (1926-1989). Manga and anime fans may know it best as the favorite snack of Doraemon, the blue robotic cat with the magical pocket.

The name "dorayaki" comes from the Japanese word for "gong": dora. This is usually believed to be simply due to its resemblance to the circular metal percussive disk, albeit in miniature. (The yaki part of the name means "cooked on dry heat.") But there is another, more romantic theory for its origin that involves a legendary hero called Saito no Musashibo Benkei, sidekick of Minamoto no Yoshitsune.

The story goes that once when he was seriously injured, Benkei was taken care of by an elderly couple who served him a little round cake cooked on the surface of a gong, thus creating the first dorayaki.

Although the origins of the dorayaki are believed to be ancient, it only took its current form in the early part of the 20th century. During the Edo Period (1603-1867) a dorayaki was a folded-up cake, like an omelette or pasty rather than a round sandwich, and the dough was much thinner.

It was first made as a sandwich using fluffy cakelike pancakes in 1914 by a confectionery in Ueno, Tokyo, called Usagiya (Rabbit House), whose owner took the idea from another confection that has its roots in Europe, the kasutera or castella cake. Like kasutera, the batter used to make a dorayaki pancake has some very Japanese ingredients in it, such as mirin (sweet rice wine) and even a touch of soy sauce. The main sweetening ingredient is usually honey, although sugar is used sometimes too.

While the usual dorayaki filling is tsubu-an (sweetened and mashed adzuki bean), in recent years all kinds of different fillings have become popular. One of these alternatives is called a nama (fresh or raw) dorayaki, referring to the use of fresh cream — in this case, whipped cream with some tsubu-an mixed in. Other fillings include chocolate cream, sweet potato cream and chestnut cream — the type that comes on top of a Mont Blanc cake, another only-in-Japan confection.

Making your own dorayaki with the filling of your choice is quite easy, especially if you use one of the instant pancake mixes that are so popular in Japan. Just add a couple of tablespoons of honey, a tablespoon of mirin and a drop of soy sauce to the batter. Cook on a nonstick surface such as an electric griddle, and fill when cooked with any sweet, spreadable filling. My favorite is Nutella with sliced strawberries, for an intriguing East-meets-West snack.
source : Japan Times, October 2012

Related words

. Snacking , a snack (oyatsu, o-yatsu 御八つ) .

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I love Dorayaki and Doraemon!!!!
Miyuki Takada

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Great work as usual, Gabi-san.