Tuesday, January 27, 2009

大たこ ootako takoyaki .......... Osaka, Japan

Takoyaki, grilled octopus balls, is one of Osaka's favourite street food. A batter is poured into the multiple "scoops" made in this special hotplate. A piece of octopus tentacle, tako, is placed inside each "scoop". The takoyaki is then cooked with a sharp metal pick with which the chef will pick at the cooked batter to make sure that the balls of batter are uniformly grilled till golden brown. A sauce is poured over the tako balls and with fish flakes sprinkled all over. Ootako is one of the best takoyaki specialist along the Dotonburi food street. They have many years of history in cooking takoyaki and is recommended in many Osaka guide books.

It's located near to the ryokan that I was staying. So, everytime I pass by the stall I'll just order a 6 piece set (300 yen). I think I had 24 balls of takoyaki during my stay in Osaka. Ootako's takoyaki is a little crispy on the outside and the batter is soft on the inside. Most importantly, they give big pieces of fresh octopus tentacle, tako. Ootako insist on using fresh tako when many other takoyaki stall already use the frozen tako. At Ootako, the takoyai is served in a boatshaped container which makesit handy while you eat on the move. 

Address : 1-5-10 Dotonburi, Chuo-ku, Osaka

Tel : 06-6211-5223

Openeing hours : 10:00am ~ 11:00pm (close as soon as takoyaki is sold out)

Country : Osaka, Japan

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