The traditional Japanese street food, loved for more than 150 years, is at Okinawa Konamon in Ginowan! (Mashiki, Ginowan City)

The traditional Japanese street food, loved for more than 150 years, is at Okinawa Konamon in Ginowan! (Mashiki, Ginowan City)

Do you know about the Japanese fish-shaped cake called Taiyaki? Taiyaki generally consists of batter made from flour, eggs, and water. It is fried on an iron pan, and filled with sweet red bean paste.

Taiyaki is said to have been invented in the latter half of the 19th century. It was modeled after the high-class ""red snapper"" fish, which has been customarily served at special occasions since ancient times. People often debate whether to eat a Taiyaki from the head or the tail, and it is constantly mentioned in Japanese anime, literature, etc. It's been the pastry that everyone knows and loves for over 150 years.

The revival of a special Taiyaki from a reputable food cart owner in Okinawa!

The revival of a special Taiyaki from a reputable food cart owner in Okinawa!

Since Taiyaki is a popular nation-wide treat, many Taiyaki shops can be found throughout Okinawa. Among them, Okinawa Konamon in Ginowan was very popular. It operated as a food cart in the parking of a supermarket. The owner is from Osaka, a famous region known for the flour-based dishes, Okonomiyaki and Takoyaki. Besides the original bean taiyaki, an non-sweet savory taiyaki is also sold as a light meal. People rave for each item on the menu.

Unfortunately, the original restaurant was closed down. However, the new owner Masashige Miyazato brought it back after hearing a lot of people claim to "want to have that taste again." Mr. Miyazato said, "the recipe of the taiyaki comes directly from the original owner. We inherited the tools used by the owner, and brought the whole stand to the residential area in Mashiki, Ginowan city." And by 2016, the new "Okinawa Konamon" was opened.

Whether a casual snack or sweet mid-afternoon treat, Taiyaki's taste stands the test of time!

Whether a casual snack or sweet mid-afternoon treat, Taiyaki's taste stands the test of time!

In any case, you are probably wondering how we make taiyaki, right? Our taiyaki is baked here on the spot. Batter is poured from side to side on to an iron pan, and then baked. The iron pan itself gives it its fish shape. After the filling is added to one side, the shape is duplicated on the other side. We currently make "Sweet Red Bean Taiyaki" (120 yen), "Chocolate Cream Taiyaki" (130 yen), and "Custard Taiyaki" (140 yen). The "Sweet Red Bean Taiyaki", with the simple flavor of mashed sweet red bean paste, is the most popular of them all!

Mr. Miyazato said "the original owner's idea was on providing ample filling all the way to the tail. If you compare sweet red bean taiyaki with custard cream or chocolate cream taiyaki, even the composition of the batter is different." The taiyaki world is quite deep, isn't it?

Moreover, the true sensation of Konamon since it was restarted in Okinawa is this -- a light savory snack, "Egg Taiyaki". The "Squid Mustard Mayonnaise" version (150 yen) in front has even bits of tempura and green laver in it, plus the slightly spicy mustard gives it a nice kick. The "Bacon" version (150 yen) in the back contains melted cheese at the bottom. On top of having one sunny side egg included, both have broth in the batter. They are cheap, satisfying, and you can easily take them on-the-go; surely a common person's dream! Mr. Miyazato, It was delicious!

Having taken over the shop from the previous owner, Mr. Miyazato, the recent owner says that he is now finally able to make Taiyaki from the original recipe, which was passed on to him. However, he adds that he`s not able to make as many Taiyakis per day as the previous owner and is working towards expanding his skills. Mr. Miyazato is surely being humble. Whether you buy your usual Taiyaki with the spare change, or you choose the unorthodox-taste Taiyaki, compare them both! It should be fun!

Okinawa Konamon

location3-19-20 Mashiki, Ginowan City, Okinawa
business hours15:30-19:30
Regular holidaySaturday,Sundays, Holidays
phone098-988-3754
Parking LotNo Parking Available.

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