Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Day 153: Yummy Takoyaki

Hubby and I are lovers of Japanese food. When we were still stationed in General Santos City, there was a couple of good restaurants there that served pretty good Japanese cuisine so we were always "belly-happy". Unfortunately, the case isn't the same where we live now. We only get to turn Japanese whenever we visit Cebu or Manila which isn't that often. 

The closest to a Japanese fix we can get is imitation Takoyaki from a food kiosk at the local mall. A set of 3 balls cost P20 so it's a relatively cheap snack to munch on. This is Wikipedia's definition of Takoyaki:

Takoyaki (literally fried or baked octopus) is a popular Japanese dumpling made of batter, diced or whole baby octopus, tempura scraps (tenkasu), pickled ginger, and green onion, topped with okonomiyaki sauce, ponzu, mayonnaise, green laver (aonori), and katsuobushi (fish shavings), first popularized in Taisho-era Osaka,[1] where a street vendor named Endo Tomekichi is credited with its invention in 1935 [2]. Takoyaki can be found in shops called issen-yoshoku, which roughly translates to "one-penny Western food" [3]. There is a similarly named dish called ikayaki but it is a broiled whole squid and bears no resemblance. Yaki is derived from "yaku" (焼く?) which simply means "to bake or grill" in Japanese, and can be found in the names of other Japanese cuisine items such as teriyaki or sukiyaki.

I doubt if the ones we get here are really made out of octopus...maybe it's just batter, tons of shredded cabbage, some carrots and a combination of the spicy sauce and mayo. Well, I heard that real Takoyaki in Manila would cost about P100/order so that must be really good balls. In the meantime, I guess we have to satisfy ourselves with these yummy knock-offs of the real thing.

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