People walking the streets of Japan’s cities are often treated to the smell of street vendors selling tako yaki to passersby. This is a popular Japanese snack and street food. It is made by mincing or dicing octopus and mixing them into a batter made with wheat flour, along with tempura scraps, pickled ginger, and green onions. This batter is cooked in a special tako yaki pan to give it a small, spherical shape that is good for eating on the go. Vendors will then coat the final product in tako yaki sauce, which is similar to Worcestershire sauce, and mayonnaise, then sprinkle it with green laver and dried bonito shavings.
Tako yaki was first popularized in Osaka back in 1935 by a street vendor by the name of Tomekichi Endo. It gradually caught on throughout Japan until specialty shops devoted to the dish sprang up in cities around the country. Today, you can experience the great taste of tako yaki at K-Ton. Come and visit our Japanese restaurant in Federal Way today!