Let me preface this blogpost by saying that this is really about takoyaki. But first, let me tell you a little story about my missed opportunity with the peach!
When I was in Japan, I tried my best to try all of the ‘famous’ foods. When I first arrived here, my co-teachers kept telling me how every area of Japan is famous for a certain food. I was a little bummed because I didn’t really travel around that much because of my budget! I had only planned to travel to one or two locations other than Okayama due to the high prices for the train. To make it even worse, Okayama is famous for peaches. Sounds great, right? Except I came during the wrong season, so there were no peaches available. I may never taste the great Okayama peach. 🙁
One of the foods that I wanted to try while in Japan was takoyaki. Tako means octopus and yaki means to fry or grill. Takoyaki is basically a fried ball of dough that has minced octopus in the middle. It’s cooked in an unique ball shaped pan and is usually topped with takoyaki sauce and mayonnaise. Japan loves their mayonnaise! My co-teacher told me Osaka was the place to go for a good takoyaki, so I made a mental note to seek that out. I had a Malaysian friend studying in Osaka so I made a good excuse to go visit of course. 😉
Except… I didn’t eat any takoyaki in Osaka. Instead, I ate a custard tart from a bakery and blew chunks shortly after. Needless to say, I didn’t eat much in Osaka and headed back home to Okayama. I didn’t even think of takoyaki once during that time! CRAZY. Also, I felt horribly guilty to my friend in Osaka. I literally ruined our visit by throwing up in her bathroom and leaving the next morning. We didn’t hang out at all as planned. 🙁
So it came time for me to go home and I decided that I couldn’t go home without trying takoyaki. My co-teachers seemed to love it and had little parties where they made takoyaki together. I figured it had to be delicious! I had seen a takoyaki place in Okayama Station, so I just took the plunge and figured I might as well try it. Takoyaki can’t be that different in other cities, right?
Well, I don’t really have anything to compare it to, but I ended up not liking takoyaki at all. It might have just been that takoyaki though! It was very mushy and had a texture that I didn’t enjoy. I really regret not trying it in Osaka! I actually loved practically every food I tried in Japan, so I was literally shocked when I didn’t enjoy that takoyaki. Does takoyaki usually have a mushy texture?
Even in the picture the takoyaki balls look mushy. Bleh.
Q: Have you ever had takoyaki before? Or do you have something from your culture that is similar to takoyaki?
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