What the heck is Taiyaki, and where has it been hiding all my life? I discovered it today in the Teapioca Avenue kiosk located in the Hana World Market. Taiyaki is a fish-shaped pastry with filling inside.

There is a magical machine that pours some batter and the selected filling into a fish mold, closes the two sides of the mold, shuffles the Taiyaki down the line and around the bend, cooks your pastry to perfection, and delivers it back to the front of the counter for you to consume (two at a time)! What else could this magical machine cook up for me with some sneaky modifications? Oh well, for now I will have to visit the Teapioca Avenue kiosk as much as humanly possible – did I mention that they also sell bubble tea like my Thai Iced Tea with pearls from today? Yay!



Hana Yoree


My friends took me to a new place for lunch today, Hana Yoree inside the Hana World Market in North Austin. The food was Korean, and I had number 23 “Bul Go Gi – Korean style BBQ beef with rice”. I never would have known they were hiding a Food Court up in here. If you are a fan of Korean food, or just want to try something new (and relatively inexpensive), check it out.