Special cuisine around the world (P.22) - Takoyaki: Japanese octopus balls, the festival street food of Japan


(WorldKings.org) Takoyaki - commonly known in English as Japanese octopus balls - is a quintessential Japanese street food that's found especially at summer festivals in Japan. Essentially they're round balls of fluffy dough that are smothered with a special savory takoyaki sauce and have a tasty piece of octopus meat at the center.

Takoyaki is a round, fried food made from batter, small pieces of tender octopus and other ingredients, like green onions and ginger. They are considered Japanese street food and is popular at festivals, often prepared from a food stand right in front of the prospective customers.

However, takoyaki can also be found being sold at convenience stores, food trucks, and in people's homes as well! Though, be warned, takoyaki is usually served piping hot! So be sure to give it time to cool while you sip on a beer.

Now while takoyaki is typically filled with octopus meat, takoyaki's predecessor was filled with beef! Takoyaki is said to originally be from Osaka, where, according to one theory, a street vendor called Tomekichi Endo invented this delicious octopus dish in 1935. However, it wasn’t an invention out of the blue but rather an adaption of a previous version. Supposedly, it all started with another dish called choboyaki, the prototype of takoyaki as we know it today. Choboyaki is rather similar in ingredients, but in appearance, it is more like a flat rectangle rather than individual balls.

The base of Takoyaki is minced or sliced octopus that is steamed in the batter. Said batter can be freely enhanced with any sorts of ingredients, from a variety to fresh, seasonal vegetables to ginger, green onion, or tempura bits called tenkasu.

Takoyaki goes with Japanese summer festivals as ketchup goes with French fries. At stalls and restaurants, takoyaki is often served in paper dishes resembling little boats. You will be served with a long toothpick instead of chopsticks to eat takoyaki with.

According to livejapan.com

Mihan (Collect and edit) (World Records Union - WorldKings.org)


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