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Takoyaki Takomasa

Takomaki Takomasa is a great takoyaki restaurant in central Osaka's Dotonburi district. Takoyaki is a famous Japanese snack of octopus, ginger, and onions cooked into a golf ball sized orb on a unique metal grill. After they are cooked, the takoyaki are brushed with takoyaki sauce and sprinkled with dried seaweed before being served.

Takoyaki is said to have been invented in Osaka around 1935 by a street vendor. Since then, they have expanded throughout the Kansai (Kyoto and Osaka) and Kanto (Tokyo and Yokohama) regions.

We tried takoyaki at street stands in Tokyo, and were not impressed, but the takoyaki in Osaka seemed lighter, tastier, and better cooked, making for a perfect evening snack. At Takomasa, takoyaki prices are as low as about 400 Yen for an order of six, and beer is about 350 Yen.

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Sep 30, 2013

Wanaka Takoyaki chain: The Best Takoyaki in Osaka!

After eating hundreds of Takoyaki, this is the only one that made me go back for more.

They have a couple of stands,
There's one on Tenjinbashi Shoutengai entrance via Tenjinbashi-6-chome Stn.
Another in SamiEbisu Plaza in Dotonbori (5th floor)
Another in front of Tower Records in America Mura
Another in Nanba, near Marui Department mall which is near Takashimaya.

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Feb 11, 2009

Don't Miss Takoyaki!

Here we have just finished the tour from Osaka Castle when our stomachs started making noises. This is called Takoyahi. It is make of flour with either prawns or otocupus inside. It is made into the shape of a ball about the size of a microphone and usually eat it with sweet sauce and sprinkling of green nori flakes on top. This snack is very very popular in Japan and was originated in Osaka. So while in Osaka, you definately have to try it! This snack can be found in many places including street vendors.

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Jul 05, 2003

Takoyaki: Craving for takoyaki?

This takoyaki comes flat, like a pancake. The taste was pretty good, though not quite like the usual round takoyaki balls.

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Jun 29, 2005
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Local Delicacy - Squid Balls

One of Osaka's local snacks, pieces of squid in mushroom sauce and rolled into a ball of dough. Afterwards, grilled over until brown.

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Apr 09, 2003

Osaka is famous for Takoyaki!: Osaka is famous for Takoyaki!

Favorite Dish Takoyaki = a piece of octopus covered in a batter-like mixture and fried in small round forms. Covered in a sweet brown-looking sauce and eaten with a toothpick...
Actually very yummy!

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