Did you receive this in your March crate?
Curious what Yatai Man is cooking up?
Turns out he’s making takoyaki!
Takoyaki is a fried Japanese snack. It contains octopus, tempura scraps, green onion, and wheat flour.
To make this snack takoyaki batter is poured into a machine somewhat like a waffle iron and rotated periodically to form perfect balls. The balls are then covered in mayonnaise and a special takoyaki sauce that is similar to Worcester sauce.
Finally, dried fish and seaweed flakes are sprinkled on top.
Here are real takoyaki:
And not-so-real takoyaki:
(It’s a takoyaki gashapon!)
Here is the special pan used to make takoyaki.
(It’s called a takoyakiki.)
Takoyaki batter is put inside the press, and like a waffle, is cooked to perfection.
The origins of Takoyaki
Takoyaki were invented in Osaka in 1935.
They are considered a traditional street food and often found at festivals called “matsuri.”
Here is a takoyaki restaurant in Osaka.
This is a takoyaki stand at a local festival.
Festival goers continue to enjoy takoyaki at night. Those little lanterns let everyone know what’s for sale!
This stand offers a variety of flavors.
Now try your luck at this takoyaki making game (created by the city of Osaka!):
Can you beat the clock to churn out takoyaki?