Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Japan: Culinary Adventure (24): Takoyaki in Dotonburi

Preparing Takoyaki 1 (Osaka) - Japan  2016
Preparing Takoyaki 2 (Osaka) - Japan  2016

Dotonburi: Osaka's tourist/food district. Takoyaki: octopus balls.

Takoyaki (たこ焼き or 蛸焼?) is a ball-shaped Japanese snack made of a wheat flour-based batter and cooked in a special moulded pan. It is typically filled with minced or diced octopus (tako), tempura scraps (tenkasu), pickled ginger, and green onion.Takoyaki are brushed with takoyaki sauce (similar to Worcestershire sauce) and mayonnaise, and then sprinkled with green laver (aonori) and shavings of dried bonito.

Takoyaki was first popularized in Osaka, where a street vendor named Tomekichi Endo is credited with its invention in 1935.

Hali and I stood in line at two different takoyaki vendors, both good. 

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