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Takoyaki Desu!

I have a confession to make.
I’m a serious, die-hard, absolutely besotted, painfully addicted takoyaki junkie. There’s just something undeniably moreish about these toothsome, savory morsels originally made in the Japanese port city of Osaka.

When I was a kid, the only place you could actually get takoyaki was a small stall called Samurai Foods by Little Sugi inside the old Rustan’s Supermarket in Makati. These days, there have been a number of cheap knock-offs and a rather posh take on this Japanese street snack that make for perfect afternoon noshing.
Here are my current faves:
  • TK Takoyaki – goes for PhP 25.00 for a serving of four large dumplings and you can actually order a box of sixteen dumplings to go for PhP 100.00. It differs slightly in the sense that they use squid rather than octopus and you can actually be quite unorthodox with the sauces as they have a range from traditional sweet Worcestershire-style to spicy to gingery and even a tangy-sweet lemon-flavored topping.
  • Sai-Bachi – a bit pricier at PhP 25.00 for three pieces, but they’re quite satisfying and are served in the classic manner with a good dusting of nori furikake as shown at the top of this post.
  • Kozui – at PhP 98.00 for a five-piece serve, this has to be the priciest takoyaki fix in the metro. I assure you, however, that it’s all worth it as the helpings are huge, there are generous chunks of octopus in the batter, there are even bits of benishoga (pink Japanese pickled ginger) in the mix, and there’s furikake and katsuoboshi flakes fluttering on top of every serving.


Midge started her career in PR writing at seventeen when she began drafting documentaries for a government-run television station in the Philippines. Since then, she made a career in advertising and public relations which ended in June 2016 These days, she works full time at Philippine Tatler as a features writer under the nom de guerre Marga Manlapig. Aside from what she does for a living and her poetry, she has turned her home kitchen into a personal culinary lab and is currently working on another novel. Follow her on Instagram at @midgekmanlapig.

6 thoughts on “Takoyaki Desu!

  1. there was also a time when my wife and i were into takoyaki! from those stalls sold in malls, groceries and whatnot to as far as hana in little tokyo in makati, we had our days with those jap balls. and i think with this post, i’m beginning to crave for it again, lol 😀

  2. There was this restaurant in Venetian Macao where their takoyaki is to die for, I really loved it, I’m not sure if it’s Itamae Sushi or what but when you read the name (in our own dialect), it’s sounds kinda nasty, hehehe. Anyway, another good takoyaki for me is Samurai Foods, I’m not sure if it’s still existing in Enterprise makati and Northgate, at the back of the Bellevue Hotel.

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