Trying all the wonderful and delicious food that Japan has to offer is integral to any good trip. The seasonal specials offered at convenience stores as well as the opulent cuisine that you can find all over Tokyo is a thrill. As any good traveler knows, street food is one way to be able to truly experience what a culture is all about and Tokyo is not for want of good street food. While the entirety of Osaka has been labelled as the place to find the most delicious takoyaki (fried octopus balls) and okonomiyaki (a savory cabbage pancake), Tokyo street food is known for its variety. Each subset of Tokyo has its own specialty and going on a culinary journey is what makes traveling around this great city such a treat. If you get the opportunity to go to Harajuku’s Takeshita-dori, sweets and cute food are the name of the game. You won’t be able to walk two blocks without seeing a stand selling over-the-top crepes or ice cream treats. Harajuku is also where you can find some old world Japanese street food that has been elevated to art form status. Walk to the end of Takeshita-dori and cross the perpendicular street, Meiji-dori, to find some truly delicious taiyaki at Tokyo Hozuki and get a taste of classic Japanese street food.
Taiyaki is is baked cake in the shape of a fish with a variety of fillings, but typically filled with anko (sweet red bean paste). At most taiyaki stands, you tend to get more bread than filling which only leaves you wanting more. At Tokyo Hozuki, it is a whole other story. First of all, Tokyo Hozuki has a truly unique shape to their taiyaki. Instead of trimming the edges, they serve you the whole taiyaki with the crispy edges and all which gives it a satisfying little crunch. Secondly, when preparing the taiyaki, the batter is spread impossibly thin so as to get as much filling inside as possible. The combination of filling and crispy outside is incomparable to any other taiyaki you may have had in the past. The choice of fillings at Tokyo Hozuki also sets them apart from other taiyaki shops. They of course have the classic taiyaki fillings such as anko, custard cream, and chocolate but seasonally they will have other flavors such as sweet potato or cheese.
If you have got a hankering for something sweet and wholly Japanese when you are out and about in Tokyo, how about going for some taiyaki at Tokyo Hozuki in Harajuku?
Tokyo Hozuki Store Information
Hours of Operation: Everyday 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
“Why Go?”: If you want something sweet and unique to Japan during your shopping journey through Harajuku.
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