Tako-yaki: Octopus balls

By Yoshi, January 11, 2011

“Tako-yaki” (たこやき, たこ焼) is a popular Japanese dumpling with diced or whole baby octopus, topped with okonomiyaki sauce, mayonnaise, green laver (aonori), and katsuobushi (flaked fish). “Tako” means octopus in Japanese, and takoyaki are known as “octopus balls”. It was first popular in Osaka, but we can eat “Tako-yaki” everywhere in Japan. You can see “Tako-yaki” stalls at festivals in Japan and shops on streets.

“Gindako” is a popular “Takoyaki” shop in Japan.


Gindako’s “Tako-yaki” are crisp on the outside and juicy in the middle. “Tako-yaki” goes well with beer!!

Off course, octopus in the ball :)

If you don’t like eating octopus, please get rid of octopus and try it. “Tako-yaki” without octopus is still delicious! :)
If you want to enjoy “Takoyaki” with alcohol,
how about going to a “Tako-yaki” bar in Yostuya-sanchome, Subway Marunouchi line?
This bar named “GINDACO Yotsuya-sanchome Bar” is located in front of “exit 1″ of this station (2 stations from shinjuku). “Gintako” opened this bar recently. At the bar, we can enjoy many kind of Takoyaki – cheese curry “Takoyaki”, Chili oil “Takoyaki” etc. :)

If you really fall in love with “tako-yaki”,
how about bring a takoyaki pan or an electronic takoyaki pan to your home?
When you have an electronic one, but please ask staff whether you can use it your county ;)