Dorayaki (どら焼き) is a very popular Japanese cake enjoyed by all genders and ages consisting of two pancake-like layers sandwiching sweet red beans paste/ankou (鮟)!
Now if you are in Aoi ku, Shizuoka City walk in the general direction of Sengen Shrine, about 20 minutes walk from Shizuoka JR Station north exit and you will discover an enormous red torii/sacred gate at the entrance of Sengen Street. Go past it and you will discover the best dorayaki shop in the whole Prefecture soon on your right hand side!
You can’t miss it as there is always a queue of customers in front of it, especially at dorayaki “baking” time!
Dorayaki no Kawauchiya (どら焼きの河内屋)!
One of the very rare individual shops left in Japan!
I arrived just before the 4:30 dorayaki baking time!
Such times are always announced due to their enormous popularity!
Plenty of famous visitors’ signatures!
The Lady of The House is always present to sell other confectioneries!
The dorayaki are limited to 5 per person and may not be ordered in advance, although other confectioneries may!
The Lady of the House is always busy packaging the purchases!
Kuri no ko yokan/”sweet red beans jelly with chestnuts”!
Neri yokan/煉羊かん/”red red beans jelly” and shio yokan/塩羊かん/”salted red beans jelly”!
Shoga Satou Zuke/しょうが砂糖漬/”candied ginger”!
Dangou maki/だんごう巻/”soft rice cake wrapped in red beans paste and pancake roll”
The hot plate which can produce 15 pancakes simultaneously, 3 more than a usual hot plate!
The bear-like Man of The House who is actually a very jovial gentleman constantly joking with his customers!
The chef makes his own batter and red beans paste from scratch! Absolutely authentic!
And he is so deft and quick!
It is always a good idea to come early as the first batch is usually a trial that will be given away!
The very fluffy and light pancakes almost ready!
On week ends in winter the queue may easily stretch to 30 customers!
The red bean paste is immediately sandwiched between two pancakes!
Ready to be packed!
The Lady of the House wraps them individually with an antique hand-operated contraption and then put them inside a paper bag itself contained inside a vinyl bag!
Ready to be taken home unless you cannot resist from eating them on the way!
Dorayaki no KAWAUCHIYA/どら焼きの河内屋
420-0867 Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Baban Cho, 12-1, Chuo Bldg. 1F
Opening hours: 10:00~20:00
Closed on Sunday Afternoon and Monday
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