Thursday, September 20, 2012

Seoul Food Girl in Japan: How to make Takoyaki in true Osaka fashion

Forget spending a fortune in America or taking a trip to Japan, making your own takoyaki is easier than you think.
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A takoyaki grill is needed.
      Bubbly balls of goodness shimmering with moving flakes and green sparkles is the best way to describe the famous Japanese dish takoyaki (たこ焼き). During my first trip ever to Japan, my friend and I stopped by the famous takoyaki restaurant in Dotonbori in Osaka. Osaka is the best place in Japan to try takoyaki as the delicious octopus fried balls originated in the coastal city in 1935. To be honest, I was very skeptical about trying takoyaki for the first time because of the crazy hype fellow travelers and friends expressed as they lost their minds telling me about it. Speaking from past experience trying popular food items in tourist locations usually turns out to be a let down and more of a tourist trap or experience rather than being popular for the actual taste and quality of the food. But all of my premonitions were wrong about takoyaki as I bit into a flaky and crunchy yet gooey ball of absolute joy and decided it was by far on the top 5 list of things I had eaten in Japan. Returning back to Tokyo to work 10 months after my short trip to Osaka, I found myself with a Japanese family making my own takoyaki for the first time. 

My great takoyaki teachers.
Takoyaki Ingredients:

-Fish flakes
-Pickled ginger
-Green onion
-Seaweed flakes (kim)

Simply add all of the ingredients to the inside of the balls and turn them with a toothpick. Then season as shown in the video.

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Sarah said...

Oh yum!I love your blog! I'm planning on applying to work at Westgate next year. I heard that you are allowed 30 days after your contract before you have to fly home. As you were travelling around so many countries (what an amazing 30 days!), did you have somewhere you could leave all your luggage? Or did you take it all with you? Did you manage to get good deals on flights? Any tips for working at Westgate or travelling around Japan?

Keep up the great blog!

Marie W said...

Hi Sarah!

I really need to do a post about working at westgate!
Yes, I traveled for the 30 days after my contract. However, I wouldn't mention anything about it to them, they don't like when teachers do it. Just book your ticket on the last designated date and you will get reimbursed. Westgate has a luggage company that transports our bags. They stored my bags free of charge in Tokyo for 30 days, so when I came back from traveling I flew home on my free plane ticket and picked up my bags at the airport. I booked most of my flights on air asia, tiger air, and with expedia. Westgate really is a great short term program and you can save quite a bit in a short period of time if you don't go crazy in Tokyo all the time! Japan is expensive, so you will have to watch your spending the first month as they pro rate your first pay check. The following months you get the full salary and your plane ticket money back so it is a huge paycheck! I would recommend taking buses or slow trains around japan if you are going to see anything far from your city because they are cheaper. But, since you only have 2 days I would recommend heading out late friday night to give you more time! : )

Sarah said...

Thanks Marie! Your reply was really helpful. It seems like Westgate is a really good way to get to experience Japan for a few months. That's great about the luggage too. I will take your advice about not telling them about travel plans too. That would be great if you do a post about Westgate. I'm sure others have the same kind of questions. Thanks for your help Marie :-)

Alyssa said...

Looks amazing!

I would love to read a post about Westgate as well! It may be something I would be interested in doing after Korea. I enjoyed reading about your Japanese adventures!

Anonymous said...

If you do write a post about Westgate, it would be amazing if you could also talk about the things you took with you (clothes etc). I see that Westgate does not allow women to have 'bare legs' even in summer. Was it not boiling having to wear stockings/tights or trousers in July? I guess you get used to it..! :-)

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