Some of the many things that tourists to Japan have on their to-do lists include getting to experience the different beautiful seasons of Japan, visiting the numerous sights and attractions there is to see, and of course, they do not forget to have a taste of the unlimited number of delicious Japanese food there is to try out.
While speaking of food, the options to consider may be too many for just a short trip. But while you’re at it, why not try and experience a different, larger, and much fuller version of the popular Japanese food, takoyaki? Haven’t heard of it yet? Well, you surely have to see a “bakudan-yaki” for yourself!
I’m sure a majority of you have heard of what a takoyaki is. Takoyaki is a ball-shaped Japanese street food snack that was first popularized in Osaka. It is made of wheat flour-based batter which is then cooked with a molded pan. It contains various ingredients but with most of it is the diced octopus, then it is topped off with takoyaki sauce, mayonnaise, and dried bonito flakes.
So what’s the difference between a takoyaki and a bakudan-yaki?
For those who are wondering what a bakudan-yaki is, think of it as a larger version of the takoyaki that’s 8 cm in diameter and weighs 200 grams. Bakudan-yaki is literally translated as “Bomb Fry” in Japanese, but don’t worry because no bomb is actually included in the ingredients. Moreover, what sets it aside from the regular takoyaki is not just its large size, but also what’s inside it.
The bakudan-yaki includes more than 10 ingredients of an okonomiyaki – all locked up in one takoyaki ball. The outside texture of the bakudan-yaki is crispy, while the insides remain a gooey-ish savory texture.
One shop to check out the bakudan-yaki is Bakudan-yaki Honpo, a store specializing in a variety of bakudan-yaki selections with a number of branches in the country. They also take into mind the nutritional balance that you get from the ingredients they use. Not to mention, it’s still affordable with the price ranging around 400 yen.
If you’re looking for a different snack experience in Japan and don’t know where to start, then why not start out with Bakudan-yaki Honpo’s selection of nutritious bakudan-yaki?
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