OSAKA Special week - Takoyaki & Okonomiyaki
Osaka is the second largest metropolitan area in Japan, after the capital area of Tokyo. Since long ago, people in Osaka have enjoyed Okonomiyaki and Takoyaki; the two famous dishes were developed in the city, whose food culture is so rich that it is known as the place to "eat until you go bust”
Okonomiyaki is made from cabbage, flour, eggs, pork or seafood and other ingredients, all mixed into a batter then grilled on an iron plate. Despite its simplicity, the relaxed manner in which it can be eaten anytime, coupled with its deep flavor, has made it a well-loved food not just in Osaka but throughout Japan
Takoyaki is also said to have originated in Osaka and is similar to Okonomiyaki in that it uses a flour-based batter. Takoyaki translates as "grilled octopus", and as the name implies, every ball contains a small piece of octopus as its main ingredient; besides its delicious taste, the contrast in texture between the chewy octopus and melt-in-the-mouth batter holds the secret to Takoyaki's popularity.