Japan is responsible for the latest ice cream craze on the West Coast, with fish-shaped “taiyaki” cones creating lines out the door for Uji Time Desserts in Berkeley. The cones are made out of a sweet pancake batter, and are served filled with soft-serve ice cream in traditional Japanese flavors.
When they were first introduced, the shop had to take reservations due to their popularity, according to owner Benson Leung. The store bought the taiyaki machine on a whim, but found it took a lot of work to get the batter, temperature and machine right to produce the cones. Now that the process is down, lines wait patiently for fish stuffed with black sesame, lychee, matcha green tea flavored soft-serve, as well as specialties like tofu soft-serve and seasonal flavors like lavender, reports NBC Bay Area. Full Story