Monday, September 17, 2012
Unique Japanese foods - Takoyaki
Time for another piece on the wonderful world of unique Japanese foods. This time around; Takoyaki. So what is this stuff then? Well, quite simply put "tako" means "octopus" and "yaki" means cooked. Put em' all together and you get? That's right, cooked octopus. Well, cooked in a special way.
Takoyaki basically consists of chopped octopus, which is then lathered in a batter. The octopus and batter are poured into a special takoyaki pan which shapes the battered octopus into perfectly formed balls. The takoyaki balls are usually topped with a sauce, (similar to Worcestershire) mayonnaise and sprinkled with finely chopped spring onion. Sometimes ginger is applied.
Takoyaki is usually served piping hot and washed down with a cold beer. It is a popular dish to be served among street vendors and makes for a good snack on the move. Also for a fun time, do it yourself takoyaki restaurants are very popular. Sit and make your own takoyaki with friends. Give it a try-