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April 12, 2017

Today, we’d like to introduce to you a classic Japanese treat, obanyaki. Obanyaki is a round disc shaped dessert made with batter that is poured into a special mold and baked (similar to a stuffed mini pancake).   Traditionally filled with sweet red bean paste, it's not uncommon to find fillings such as fruit preserves, custard and even curry.

Obanyaki is known by different names depending on the region of Japan that they are sold. Obanyaki is the name used in the Kansai region, which includes the cities of Kyoto and Osaka. Oban was the name used for an old Japanese coin that obanyaki resembles. In the Kanto region, which includes Tokyo, it is called Imagawayaki, and is named after the Imagawa Bridge, which is close to where the dessert was first sold.

You can often find obanyaki sold at Japanese festivals and are best fresh off the grill. Lucky for you, we have a special guest who will be making fresh obanyaki at our Seattle location July 11 - 24, 2017 from 11am to 7pm.  Choose from 4 delicious fillings: red bean, red bean and matcha, custard or caramel filling.  Don't miss this chance to enjoy freshly made obanyaki!