Day 14: Takoyaki
Although you can buy takoyaki in restaurants, this really is street food – and it’s as good as it gets!
Takoyaki are basically small balls of fried octopus. The octopus is normally minced or diced and then cooked in a sphere of wheat flour batter. Sometimes there will be other bits and pieces inside like tenkatsu, ginger and onion.
I love that when they’re cooked on the street you can see the whole process. A large cast iron pan with lines of moulds sits over the heat and the takoyaki sit inside.
They’re turned gradually until the whole ball is properly cooked on the outside. The inside will be just a little bit runny to give it a special texture.
Takoyaki is served in batches and then covered with different toppings – maybe chives, spring onions, fish slakes, sauce, or mayonnaise. You can then sit down and pick them off one by one – or even keep walking down the street.
Be warned, though, they can be pretty hot when they’ve come straight off the mould!
It was first around the city of Osaka that takoyaki appeared – and that was only about 80 years ago. Since then, its popularity has spread all across the country but particularly to the areas in and around Tokyo.
These ones that I ate are from Tokyo and I got them at a little stall on the street in the Harajuku area of the capital. That automatically makes them trendy (and probably slightly more expensive than in other parts of the city).
The eight takoyaki balls cost 600 yen (US$6.10) and came with some extra vegetable toppings.
6 thoughts on “Takoyaki: 30 Days of Japanese Food”
I felt in love with Takoyaki since the first time I tried it in Indonesia more than 6 years ago. I remember how the paper-thin shredded octopus created an extra sensation to the whole dish.
Oh, it’s delicious. And because it’s not really enough for a whole meal, you can get it whenever you want and then still have lunch of dinner. it’s like bonus balls every day!
Takoyaki is one of my favorite dishes!
It’s also very common on Japanese festivals where you can buy various types of food.
Having been to a lot of festivals in Australia, I can safely say it would be very popular at them as well. It’s the perfect festival food when you want something quick and tasty that you can eat standing up. Yum!
Takoyaki is one of the famous Japanese food. Habitually, this is stuffed with octopus but as years pass by it evolved and stuffed with different fillings such as crab and prawn which make it more delicious. Konnyako is also one of my best-loved food because I am on a diet and this dish is perfect for me as it has practically zero calories and is devoid of sugar, fats and protein.
When I lived in Tokyo I ate a lot of takoyaki, I loved it.