Takoyaki are small, golf ball sized balls of batter filled with octopus, ginger and green onion. Traditionally mayonnaise and and a special Takoyaki sauce (similar to Worcestershire sauce) are added on top, but these days there are all sorts of interesting toppings available. A must-try in Japan.
Price: From 400 yen (about $4)
Name in Japanese: takoyaki/たこ焼き
Where can I get them?
There is usually a takeout Takoyaki shop outside trains stations or in nearby shopping malls. The most popular chain is Gindaco (築地銀だこ). It’s best to go to a dedicated Takoyaki place for the real taste. Osaka is most famous for this type of Japanese food.
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