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Must-eat in Japan – Takoyaki

Takoyaki is a popular street snack in Japan. Simply put, they are ball-shaped snacks stuffed with diced octopus, green onions and ginger. They are packed with flavour and are the perfect combination of crispy, gooey and yummy.

Takoyaki

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Takoyaki can only be prepared in a takoyaki pan – a cast iron pan with half spherical molds. The batter is poured into the molds and once the bottom is cooked, they are flipped to ensure the other side is cooked as well.

In most parts of Japan, Takoyaki is not considered a full meal. It’s a favourite snack served by the street vendors during festivals and events. However, in West Japan, most houses own a takoyaki pan because it is considered an important side dish to a full meal.

Although traditionally it is stuffed with octopus, many houses experiment with unusual stuffings such as cheese, sausages, or even veggies.

Takoyaki are usually topped with generous portion of mayonaise, shredded Nori seaweed and Bonito flakes. The heat from the Takoyaki will often make the Bonito flakes wriggle as if they were alive.

They taste best when eaten hot, straight out of the pan and if seasoned well, they don’t need a dip or sauce to enhance the flavour. Make sure you try this must-eat in Japan – Takoyaki.

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