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Ready-to-eat takoyaki.
A takoyaki pan.
A street vendor preparing takoyaki in Osaka.

Takoyaki (たこ焼き or 蛸焼, lit. fried or grilled octopus) is a popular ball-shaped Japanese dumpling. It is like a savory pancake in a ball-shape which is cooked in a special pan.

Takoyaki is a specialty of Osaka and Kyoto.[1] It is usually eaten as a snack.[2]

Many people in Osaka and Kyoto have a special cooker that makes takoyaki. This is because they eat takoyaki often.

History[change | change source]

Takoyaki was invented in Osaka in 1935 by Tomekichi Endo.[3] It is most often made with flour and small pieces of boiled octopus.

How to make Takoyaki[change | change source]

  • First, mix flour and egg with water to make dough. It is important the dough is not too thick but not too watery.
  • Second, pour the dough into a takoyaki pan.
  • Third, put a piece of cut, boiled octopus into each of the holes of the takoyaki pan. Also, put pickled ginger, and tenkasu (deep-fried flour dough).
  • Fourth, turn the dough as it cooks to make a ball-shape.
  • Finally, once cooked, put takoyaki sauce, katsuobushi (dried fish flakes), and aonori (green laver) on the balls.

Minor planet[change | change source]

A minor planet named "6562 Takoyaki" was discovered in 1991 by M. Yanai and K. Watanabe at Katani. The name was selected by children who visited the Funai Space Festival which was held in Osaka in 2001.[4]

References[change | change source]

  1. Kaneko, Amy. (2007). Let's Cook Japanese Food!: Everyday Recipes for Home Cooking, p. 36
  2. Hill, Brenda D. and Maralyn D. Hill. (1999). Our Love Affairs with Food and Travel, p. 119.
  3. JapanVisitor, "Takoyaki: Icon of Osaka"; retrieved 2012-3-6.
  4. Schmadel, Lutz D. (2003). Dictionary of Minor Planet Names, p. 541.

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