Finding Food: Takoyaki

Tanpopo Takoyaki

Mmm, Takoyaki.

Ever since I took a trip to Japan in 2002, I craved these tasty snacks sold by street vendors in Tokyo and beyond.

Takoyaki is a popular Japanese dumpling that boasts chopped octopus/squid as its main ingredient. It’s mixed into a batter that also contains ginger and green onion, and cooked in a special pan to form its round shape. It’s then topped with okonomiyaki sauce (a savory sauce that is usually served with the popular dish okonomiyaki, another favorite of mine!), then finished off with bonito (fish) flakes. It may sound strange and unusual, but it’s darned tasty!

The only place I’ve been able to find takoyaki in SF is at Tanpopo, located in Japantown on Buchanan Street. From what I recall, it was very affordable (I think $3-4 for six pieces). Finally, I’ve found the place to satisfy this craving!

2 Comments so far

  1. N Judah Chronicles (unregistered) on April 11th, 2007 @ 11:03 pm

    thanks for the tip, sounds great!


  2. Lan (unregistered) on April 14th, 2007 @ 5:07 pm

    There is often a stand in the hallway between Mifune and Benihana in Jtown.



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