Have a Taste of a Japanese Streetfood with TK Takoyaki

Have a taste of a Japanese food as a snack that’s going to wake up that part of your taste buds for the umami flavor. The best part is it comes in a budget price and it’s just around the corner of your neighborhood.

Another addition to the foodcart businesses out there is the TK Takoyaki. As the business name indicates, it serves takoyaki. Its franchise in Arvo is one of the most sought-after food stall that’s located in the al fresco part of the mall. This foreign-cuisine-serving franchise has got something good to offer.

Several years back, it is seldom that Filipinos taste a Japanese cuisine. Either you fine dine in a hotel or go to a specialty restaurant or even more travel to Japan for the authentic dishes. After the boom of the food industry in the Philippines, when Filipinos patronized the influences of the different countries, small-time businesses had their stint and they thrived that’s why now, Japanese cuisine is found everywhere.

Takoyaki is one food that introduces Japan. It has become the most common Japanese streetfood in us. It is easily made and served fast. No wonder it’s chosen by many as a snack.

Japanese octopus ball / takoyaki or literally fried or grilled octopus originated from Japan in the 1930’s and its roots trace back to 1600 when the French cuisine was brought to Japan. Yaki derived from “yaku” means to fry or to grill and the takoyaki is cooked in a specialized takoyaki pan. Unlike the authentic takoyaki, TK Takoyaki serves takoyaki which is filled with squid.

TK’s takoyaki is made with ingredients namely batter, squid and vegetables and topped with different sauces and a handful of flakes. These present a creamy-looking, hefty snack. The dried bonito flakes / dried fish (Katsuobushi) create an element of surprise as you’ll never know what this topping is unless you ask. Also, the sauce is rich and overflowing on top of the balls. On the other hand, you’ll definitely say that the serving is big inside the carton tray by way of looking at it and it is indeed big because this serving that comes in four pieces at 40 pesos is enough to make you full.

When you take the first bite of this takoyaki, you’ll feel the soft, hot batter covered with creamy sauce and flaky toppings touch your palate and as you continue on, the crunchiness of the vegetables and diced squid will add a different texture, making you delight in the variations of the texture. The taste of this takoyaki combines the smoky savory flavor (umami) of katsuobushi, tiny distinct taste of squid, spiciness of the sauce which comes optional, sourness of mayonnaise and the wheat flavor of the batter. This is a snack rich in texture and with ingredients that complement each other in taste like bread and butter, perfect together.

TK takoyaki is best eaten when you cut it into half which is the original form in the pan before the two portions are shaped, because its ingredients remain intact in half pieces. You can opt to eat the whole piece at once but it is not advisable when it has just been served, because it’s like putting a flaming ball in your mouth; it burns your taste buds. Whichever way you want to eat your takoyaki, you’ll surely have a way of telling your experience about it.

If you happen to pass by along the food court and you recognize the smell of a grilled squid, that could be a takoyaki food stall. Sometimes its tang goes far out its perimeter. You might want to try it. I bet you’ll not regret giving it a try.

6 thoughts on “Have a Taste of a Japanese Streetfood with TK Takoyaki

  1. Presentation of the takoyaki is not appealing. It looks like squid balls topped with pork rind crumbs and Elmer’s glue. Are those even bonito flakes? And why use plastic fork when a toothpick can do the job?

    1. The takoyaki was served quick that’s why minimal presentation was done, but I think it was skillfully presented considering, for example, the proportionate spread of the bonito flakes on the balls. Also, the flakes and the sauce are carefully placed to not go beyond the carton tray, making neat handling.

      Somehow, it can look like a squid ball, only bigger and softer in texture. Actually, the white layer is the mayonnaise. Its consistency is thick that’s why a little amount is enough. And yes, they are bonito flakes or katsuobushi. They taste like a smoked fish.

      Toothpick won’t make it. It can’t hold the weight of one ball of takoyaki. I understand that the plastic fork isn’t eco-friendly. Maybe let’s leave it to everyone’s contribution to protect our environment by throwing this in the proper trash bin.

      Thanks for your input. I appreciate it.

  2. Unfortunately I have tried Takoyaki in Alabang and other malls but the taste is not authentic, it is also with cabbage instead of real octopus. So a real Japanese restaurant is a must. Please recommend a stall or brand in the mall we can taste takoyaki as we will visit PH again this September. Thanks!

      1. Oh I see. Actually, it’s only from the food stalls in malls that I’ve tried like here in Ayala Malls Marikina and Sta. Lucia East Grand Mall, Cainta and they both tasted the same. I haven’t tried from the restaurants where they claim that theirs is authentic like from the one in the link I sent you. Maybe I should consider writing about an authentic takoyaki in the future. Thanks for giving me an idea! 🙂

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