One of Japan’s most iconic street foods is octopus baked inside of a donut-hole-sized puff known as takoyaki.
A relative of okonomiyaki, or "Japanese pizza," traditional takoyaki is made with a wheat flour batter and prepared in a specific pan that gives the snack its spherical shape. Traditional takoyaki is also stuffed with tempura scraps, pickled ginger, and green onion and usually topped with okonomi sauce and/or mayonnaise, as well as dried bonito shavings.
Although one can find this snack all over the country, it is particularly popular in Osaka’s red light district, Juso.
Want to try to make your own takoyaki balls at home? Check out our recipe to learn how to make both the batter and the sauces.
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