“When life gives you wheat flour, make Takoyaki.”
Japan literally gave our favorite lemon quote a new twist and revolutionized Asian food culture as we know it today.
During two extremely difficult times in history, namely the Tokyo Earthquake of 1932 and the aftermath of World War II, rice was scarce and the Japanese turned to flour to satisfy their hunger. They made batter-based dishes topped with special sauces to survive with flair.
Even as Japan came back from the ruins, locals didn’t discard this flour-based food rather tried hard to improve on it. As life became much better, the Japanese added more ingredients like eggs, meat and seafood into the mix.
Four uniquely tasting batter-based dishes came out of Japan’s colorful food history:
- Okonomiyaki – a special kind of grilled egg pancake.
- Choboyaki – ball-shaped batter composed of red pickled ginger, green peas, soy sauce and then cooked on a cast-iron griddle.
- Radioyaki – slightly larger than choboyaki but made more interesting with the addition of sinewy meat.
- Takoyaki- resembling choboyaki but made use of octopus as the primary ingredient.
That is, of course, if you don’t mind adding around Php 60-70 to your usual fare of Mall Cart Takoyaki. But if you do choose to indulge in your craving, you will never go wrong with Tamayaki.
Tutapel @ Tamayaki Philippines
Just like Takoyaki’s precursors, Tamayaki’s Takoyaki has morphed into 12 tasty versions:
- Tamayaki Seasoned Octopus Php 115
- Tamayaki Kani & Shrimp Php 115
- Tamayaki Squid Satay Php 115
- Tamayaki Kani & Mozarella Php 115
- Tamayaki Grilled Steak Php 125
- Tamayaki Chicken Teriyaki Php 95
- Tamayaki Mussels & Cheese Php 125
- Tamayaki Smoked Mackarel Php 105
- Tamayaki Ham & Mozzarella Php 105
- Tamayaki Fish Fillet Php 105
- Tamayaki Korean Pork BBQ Php 95
- Tamayaki Double Cheese Php 115