ep22 Takoyaki

hot snacks

Takoyaki is a table tennis size ball-shaped Japanese hot snack made of a flour based batter with a octopus inside. Tako means octupus and yaki means bake in Japanese. Takoyaki is so popular in Japan that you can find it everywhere. They are sold in supermarkets, food carts, in festivals and also made at homes.


It is said that Takoyaki was made by a man named Tomekichi Endo in 1933, Osaka prefecture. He was influenced by Akashiyaki which is made of egg based batter with octopus inside and Radioyaki which is made of flour based batter with beef tendon inside. Both food were popular in the Kansai region (the area around Osaka), Tomekichi mixed the recipe of those food and created Takouaki. Tomekichi’s original Takoyaki was flavored with soy sauce however in the 1950s uster sauce(Takoyaki sauce) came out and became the standards of Takoyaki today.

How to make Takoyaki

Making Takoyaki at home is common. You just need a Takoyaki-pan to cook and wheat, eggs, spring onions, pickled ginger, tempra scraps and octopus for the ingredients. If you want to know the recipe just search “how to make Takoyaki” in youtube.

Thanks for reading! The next episode about the most famous Takoyaki restaurant. Arigato!!