30 useful tips for travel in Japan
- Popular Yatai Foods: Takoyaki
- Takoyaki food stalls are part of Japanese festivals at temples and shrines
- When there is a festival at a temple or shrine you will always find yatai there. Vendors sometimes are also set up near train stations.
Takoyaki is the perfect food for burning your tongue. They are small balls of hot batter containing a piece of tako - octopus. Watch the food being prepared. The pieces are turned quickly to give them their round shape. Recipes vary, but often there is also spring onion, pieces of fried tempura batter, pickled red ginger, and tiny dried shrimp inside. You will get 7-10 pieces in one serving, topped with a rich brown sauce, mayonnaise, aonori (seaweed), and bonito flakes (katsuobushi). You might also get extra onion.
Takoyaki is typical for Osaka. If you are there, you will see many takoyaki shops. In other regions a good place to eat takoyaki and maybe also have a drink are the shops and bars of the big takoyaki chains.