Takoyaki Is the Most Hypnotic Japanese Street Food


If you’re a fan of Japanese street food, few things are are more satisfying than a stack of takoyaki—golf ball-sized pockets of dough commonly filled with diced octopus, green onion, and pickled ginger. Otafuku in NYC’s East Village makes some of the best takoyaki outside of Japan, using a special, vibrating pan to perfectly crisp the outside of each octopus-stuffed ball. Topped with mayonnaise, bonito flakes, and a savory, umami-packed sauce, takoyaki is the perfect snack for Japanese food junkies.