Takoyaki makes me go nomnomnom. Takoyaki is a Japanese fast food that is made with a flour-based batter and typically filled with octopus and topped with a special sauce, kewpie mayonnaise, spring onion and bonita flakes.
These delicious octopus balls originally became popular in Osaka, so it was fitting that this city had its own museum dedicated to the snack.
Like many things in Japan, the museum is very kawaii. Once you walk through the entrance, you will hear the museum’s own English theme song playing in the background and see the museum’s souvenir shop filled with all things Takoyaki – from sauces, flour mixes to key-rings and soft toys all featuring the snack!
There wasn’t much display or history but with five stores specialising in the snack, there was certainly plenty of Takoyaki to be eaten 😉
The key ingredient to a tasty Takoyaki is the dashi stock in the batter, this stock makes everything taste amazing.
Look at how pretty they are! They are crispy on the outside and creamy on the inside.
Takoyaki chefs use skewers to rotate the balls on the cast iron pans to ensure they cook evenly.
They are not all the same but this was the first time I’ve seen a Takoyaki with a crispy puffed exterior.
We only managed to eat from three stores as you have to buy them in fives, sixes or tens so you get full pretty quickly. My favourite were the puffed ones from 十八番.
I travelled to Universal City just to visit this place. However, as it is next door to Universal Studios Osaka, you can drop by after a day of rides and shows.
Osaka Takoyaki Museum
6-2-61 Shimaya, Konohana-ku, Osaka-shi
3 min walk from Universal City Station (JR Yumesaki Line)