Takoyaki, or octopus dumplings, is a traditional food most closely associated with Osaka. It’s a cheap vendor-style treat made from grilled batter with a chunk of boiled-octopus in the middle. It comes in bite-sized round shapes. It’s an acquired taste, I call it “three textures for the price of one” – a soft outer shell, gooey (boiling hot) batter inside that, with a chewy octopus center.
Suzuhiro has recreated this popular Japanese food, originally Takoyaki is a light meal you’ll find served all over the place from food stands at train stations, tourist spots and festivals all over Japan. They’re topped with “aonori” (thinly-ground seaweed), “katsuobushi” (dried bonito fish flakes) then one of the following three toppings – mayonnaise & “uista” (worcestershire) sauce, salt, or “ponzu” (a citrus sauce).
Suzuhiro Takoyaki replaces the wheat flour dough, with a rich and tasty surimi (ground white fish meat), high quality fish paste. The redone snack includes the reinvention of the classic topping. Sauce toppings differ with store, but you can have a choice of Japanese Shiso Herb, Olive Oil and Pepper, Local Umeboshi pickled plum, or Aurora Tomato Sauce with your order.
You can find this delicious treat at three locations. Odawara, Asakusa, and Hakone. These tasty treats go great with the local brew, Hakone Beer. Most of these places have Hakone Beer on tap to pair with your takoyaki. Hakone Beer is a local brew that was made to go well with the subtle flavors of Japanese foods. Enjoy the dining experience!
Pro-tip: Suzuhiro Takoyaki can be enjoyed in Odawara, Asakusa, and Hakone…goes great with the award winning beer on tap as well.