What is a takoyaki ball?

Takoyaki – commonly known in English as Japanese octopus balls – is a quintessential Japanese street food that’s found especially at summer festivals in Japan. Essentially they’re round balls of fluffy dough that are smothered with a special savory takoyaki sauce and have a tasty piece of octopus meat at the center.

What is takoyaki made of?

octopus balls
Sometimes called “octopus balls” in English, takoyaki is made of a batter infused with dashi (dried kelp and fish flakes) which is filled with diced octopus, tempura scraps, pickled ginger, and green onion.

What is takoyaki served with?

Takoyaki are not generally eaten with chopsticks but with toothpicks. They are almost always served with aonori seaweed and dried bonito fish flakes sprinkled on top, with mayonnaise and/or okonomiyaki sauce, another typical dish of Osaka.

What is Takosen?

Takoyaki, fried balls of batter containing octopus and topped with savory sauce, mayonnaise and dried fish flakes. Takosen, a variation on takoyaki that sandwiches it between two rice crackers. Kushikatsu. Meat skewers ready to be grilled.

What is tonkatsu in Japanese?

Tonkatsu (豚カツ, とんかつ or トンカツ, pronounced [toŋkatsɯ]; “pork cutlet”) is a Japanese dish that consists of a breaded, deep-fried pork cutlet.

What is Yakitori Japanese?

Yakitori can be literally translated to “grilled chicken,” from the Japanese words yaki (grill) and tori (chicken). Yakitori consists of bite-sized pieces of meat (usually chicken) served on a bamboo skewer.

Are bonito flakes alive?

Bonito flakes – known as katsuobushi in Japanese – are a strange food upon first sight. The bonito flakes move due to their thin and light structure upon the hot food and are not alive. Bonito flakes are made from dried bonito fish that is grated into flakes.

What does Taiyaki mean in Japanese?

The most literal translation of taiyaki is fried fish! Tai (sea bream) is a type of fish often considered king among fish in Japan, and yaki can mean fried, baked, or grilled. Medetai fish is can be referred to as taiyaki.

What does octopus mean in Japanese?

Tako. More Japanese words for octopus. 蛸 noun.

How big are takoyaki balls?

about an inch
Takoyaki does contain octopus- it is actually put inside a dumpling made of wheat flour batter. This mixture is fried on a specially designed grill dedicated to Takoyaki, which has dozens of half circle bumps. The size of a takoyaki is about an inch in diameter.

What is Inari Japanese?

Inari, in Japanese mythology, god primarily known as the protector of rice cultivation. The fox, symbolizing both benevolence and malevolence, is sometimes identified with the messenger of Inari, and statues of foxes are found in great numbers both inside and outside shrines dedicated to the rice god.