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21 May 2015

Hanadako, Shin-Umeda-Shokudo-gai, Umeda, Osaka (はなだこ 新梅田食道街 大阪), Japan


Takoyaki is the famous first food in Japan, and also the most important soul food for the people in Osaka. On this visiting to Osaka, I found the most delicious Takoyaki in Osaka.

Takoyaki is the ball like pancake including the chopped octopus, pickled ginger, Agetama (あげ玉 flied flower) and Japanese reek. In Osaka, that is a rumour, almost all family or house has one Takoyaki maker in their home. People come from or live in Osaka has some important opinion to make Takoyaki for each. The method to cook Takoyaki is very simple but might be very difficult to make some delicious ones. And there are some favourite styles for Japanese or the Osaka as the crispy or soft outside, the octopus size or the Takoyaki base taste.
The staffs made Takoyaki with beautiful and speedy movement.

The Takoyaki in Hanadako was very lovely. The soft skin like mashumaro, the large chopped octopus, soft and creamy inclusion and classical Wooster source and scattered dried tuna are nicely balanced and harmonized in our mouth. The soft skin was limited till the strength we can hold with chopsticks. The texture of the skin was very nice, very small bubbles were including in the dough and made very soft and shape the beautiful ball on the tray. The chopped octopuses are de-frozen but the size is one of the important parts in Takoyaki for the Osaka.

You can drink a cup of beer and dose takoyaki.
Left is normal takoyaki, Right is Negi(ネギ spring onion)
This Hanadako, Takoyaki stand is located in the food court area near Osaka Station. You will find very long queue in front of the stand. There are a lot of local food stands, small restaurants or bars in this food court, named Shin-Umeda-Shokudo-gai(新梅田食道街). This local area was crowded with businessmen, tourist or local people in all day. The food court is located under the railway guard and in front of the Midosuji gate at the Osaka station.

The staffs are professional in making Takoyaki. They will not be able to speak English.

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