October 24, 2012

Lovely taiyaki near Tokyo National Museum

Just near the Tokyo National Museum(東京国立博物館) in the Ueno Park(上野公園), there is a very popular Japanese confectionery shop named "Torindou(桃林堂)." Their head shop is located in Osaka(大阪) and Ueno shop is one of their branch. Their Japanese sweets are very delicate and sophisticated. Many customers visit Torindou without a break.
Outside of Torindo
One of their popular sweets is "taiyaki", porgy-shaped pancake filled with bean jam. Porgy is pronounced as "tai" in Japanese and this sound is same as the latter part of "medetai", whose meaning is "celebration". That's why the porgy is seen as good fortune and a food for celebration. In a same manner, taiyaki is seen as happy sweets. 

Torindou's taiyaki is very small but the taste is good. The pancake is soft and moist. Bean jam is moderately sweet. Even small, much happiness is brought. Maybe thanks to the shape of porgy. My rating is 3.2 out of 5. Gochiso-samadeshita!

Torindou(桃林堂) http://www.tourindou100.jp/  

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