Best Street Food in Osaka: Takoyaki-Wanaka

December 02, 2019
Jessica Padykula

Get your fill of delicious Osaka street food at Takoyaki-Wanaka with some tasty Takoyaki. These local treats are a ball-shaped Japanese snack made from a wheat flour-based batter and cooked in a special moulded pan that gives them their rounded shape. It is typically filled with diced octopus (tako), tempura scraps (tenkasu), pickled ginger, and green onion. Takoyaki are then brushed with takoyaki sauce (similar to Worcestershire sauce) and mayonnaise, and then sprinkled with green laver (a type of seaweed) and shavings of dried bonito. The result is a savoury, easy-to-eat snack perfect for enjoying while exploring the city.

Takoyaki was first popularized in Osaka where a street vendor named Tomekichi Endo is credited with its invention in 1935. This fun street snack was initially popular in the Kansai region, and later spread to the Kantō region and other areas of Japan (which is no surprise considering how tasty they are). At Takoyaki-Wanaka, they’re delicious and they usually only cost around ¥500. So, if you come to Osaka and want to try typical Osaka street food, this is the one you must try!

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