What in the world is this lovely lady doing? Why, catering to the whims of thousands of hungry Japanese people, of course! But what’s inside those dumpling-like things?
Octopus! That’s why they’re called “octopus balls,” or tako-yaki. You can find tako-yaki stands everywhere in Japan, whether at festivals, at the roadside, inside some stores, etc. People just love them. I was never a seafood lover, but tako-yaki was love at first sight.
Just start with batter, and plop a succulent piece of octopus right in the middle–then watch it all come together.
Just made, piping hot tako-yaki is the absolute best! Sometimes they try to give you the last batch, but try to wait and get the fresh stuff!
This shoyu-covered version is also quite nice if you want more of a “Japanese” experience. Get a pack of mayo to go with it if you just want to experience both.