Monday, August 18, 2008
Mmm, octopus balls. No, not literally, but yes, literally. These little puffs are made of eggy batter and pieces of octopus. These takoyaki are a Japanese streetfood mainstay, grilled in special cast iron molds. Side one is cooked to a golden crispy brown, then flipped with a wooden skewer, letting side two cook to the same doneness. They're served in paper trays, doused with mayonnaise (or Kewpie), a sweet and savory sauce (like teriyaki), and sprinkled with tempura crumbs, dried fish shavings, and dried seaweed.
I picked up a tray of 8, to go, from Nijiya Market in Japantown for $2.99. Unsurprisingly, they definitely skimped on the octopus. But the batter was delicious and savory. Not a bad deal though, for just three bucks, I got a delicious streetfood lunch.