The Takoyaki Treat - Here’s How New York’s Otafuku Makes Its Famous Japanese Octopus Balls

God knows that I love Takoyaki, love it, love it, love it. What’s that, you’re asking? Takoyaki are Japanese grilled octopus balls that are crispy on the outside and soft…
The Takoyaki Treat

Here’s How New York’s Otafuku Makes Its Famous Japanese Octopus Balls

God knows that I love Takoyaki, love it, love it, love it. What’s that, you’re asking? Takoyaki are Japanese grilled octopus balls that are crispy on the outside and soft and doughy on the inside. They are slathered with a special sauce, topped with ribbons of mayonnaise and garnished with big flakes of dried bonito. So yummy, so yummy. Love it.

Eater, the one-stop-shop for food obsessives across the country, made a new video in New York‘s popular Japanese restaurant Otafuku, where they show how to make the best Takoyaki. The ball-shaped snack is made of a wheat flour-based batter, cooked in a special pan and filled with minced or diced octopus, called tako, tempura scraps, called tenkasu, pickled ginger and green onion.

“When I first encountered Takoyaki, it was at a summer matsuri, or street festival, in Japan,” Chopsticks NY writes. “When the smiling man at the Takoyaki stall handed me a container of six octopus balls topped with a savory sauce, mayonnaise, seaweed and bonito flakes, I wasn’t sure what to expect. After one bite of the piping hot treat, I knew I’d found a new favorite Japanese snack.” Yes.

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