Dorayaki (red bean pancakes)

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Dorayaki is a Japanese pastry consisting of a sweetened red bean paste, sandwiched between two small American style pancakes. Red beans are often used in Asian countries as a dessert. I once accidentally ate some and was put off by the texture of beans in my dessert, but I’ll give everything a second chance.

I found these dorayaki in a supermarket here in China, as there are loads of Japanese items to be found here. The pancakes itself were rather dry and a little mealy, but the red bean paste was better than expected. Because they beans were mashed into a paste, there was nog big issue with texture. The only off-putting thing were the few leftover pieces of bean skin in the paste.

The whole thing was overly sweet, and I found it a tad too dry. Perhaps if the bean paste was more spread out, rather than concentrated in the center it would have been easier to get down. All in all it was not a bad experience, but it was also not something I would soon try again.

Fear Factor – 6 / Taste Test – 6

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