The term “octopus balls” doesn’t do justice to this delectable snack from Osaka.
A crisp exterior surrounding a gooey center of octopus, pickled ginger and scallions, takoyaki carries the heft of a meal in a few ping-pong-sized globes of dough. Brushed with a sweet sauce and sprinkled with nori, they’re a favorite at festivals and as a late-afternoon snack.
Osaka, where takoyaki was first popularized, has a museum dedicated to octopus balls. It’s also the best one-stop destination to sample from five of the most famous takoyaki brands in town — Kougaryu and Aiduya are two of the shops that have set up counters at the museum.
Osaka Takoyaki Museum, 6-2-614F Shimaya, Konohanaku, Osaka 554-0024 Osaka Prefecture;