Did you know it's pancake day tomorrow? It's not a holiday that the Japanese celebrate, but they certainly do love pancakes! There are two main types of pancakes that the Japanese love; traditional French-style crepes filled with anything from strawberries and nutella to tuna mayo, and Dorayaki, which are fluffy, 'American-style' pancakes filled with either chocolate or red bean paste.
Although we say 'american style', dorayaki were not brought to Japan from abroad - Dorayaki can be dated back to 1914! The story surrounding them says they were invented by a farmer - 'dora' means gong in Japanese, and apparently a visiting samurai left his gong at the farmer's house, the farmer then used the gong as a frying pan to cook pancakes, leading to their gong-like shape!
So if you're fed up of pancakes with lemon and sugar this pancake day, try out dorayaki instead.
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