Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Food Musings: A Look At Takoyaki's History & Tamayaki Philippines' Delish Takoyaki ♪♪♪

"When life gives you wheat flour, make Takoyaki." 

Japan literally gave our favorite lemon quote a new twist and revolutionized Asian food culture as we know it today.

During two extremely difficult times in history, namely the Tokyo Earthquake of 1932 and the aftermath of World War II, rice was scarce and the Japanese turned to flour to satisfy their hunger. They made batter-based dishes topped with special sauces to survive with flair.

Even as Japan came back from the ruins, locals didn't discard this flour-based food rather tried hard to improve on it. As life became much better, the Japanese added more ingredients like eggs, meat and seafood into the mix.

Four uniquely tasting batter-based dishes came out of Japan's colorful food history:  
    • Okonomiyaki - a special kind of grilled egg pancake. 
    • Choboyaki -      ball-shaped batter composed of red pickled ginger, green peas, soy sauce and then cooked on a cast-iron griddle. 
    • Radioyaki -       slightly larger than choboyaki but made more interesting with the addition of sinewy meat.
    • Takoyaki-       resembling choboyaki but made use of octopus as the primary ingredient.

In 1935, Endo Tomekichi, a street vendor in Osaka wanted to add another dish to his already popular offerings of okonomiyaki and choboyaki. Sparked by the knowledge of a certain akashiyaki (boiled octopus in an eggy batter) a well-loved treat in Akashi located in Hyogo Prefecture, Endo became convinced of incorporating octopus into his new street food menu. 

The rest, as they say, is history. 

Here in the Philippines, I get my favorite Takoyaki from Tamayaki.

Tamayaki's takoyaki  is simply divine! It is literally crunchy on the outside and significantly plump with an eclectic mix of meat and cabbage on the inside. It is unlike the other takoyaki treats I've tried before which unveiled a gooey residue once I sank my teeth into them. 

Tamayaki's version is really all meat which makes for a fulfilling snack. What's extra special are the abundant toppings that add a degree of woodsy nuttyness to an already fantastic snack.

Tamayaki Philippines

That is, of course, if you don't mind adding around Php 60-70 to your usual fare of Mall Cart Takoyaki. But if you do choose to indulge in your craving, you will never go wrong with Tamayaki.

 Hmmmm...Which one should I try first?
Tutapel @ Tamayaki Philippines

Many assume that since Tamayaki's lifeline is Takoyaki, the franchise must have started in Japan. On the contrary, the company has traced its roots back in China and in only a little below 3 years, Tamayaki's clout has extended to Indonesia, Malaysia, Cambodia, Singapore, Australia, and the Philippines.

Just like Takoyaki's precursors, Tamayaki's Takoyaki has morphed into 12 tasty versions:
      • Tamayaki Seasoned Octopus   Php 115
      • Tamayaki Kani & Shrimp          Php 115
      • Tamayaki Squid Satay              Php 115
      • Tamayaki Kani & Mozarella     Php 115
      • Tamayaki Grilled Steak            Php 125
      • Tamayaki Chicken Teriyaki      Php 95
      • Tamayaki Mussels & Cheese    Php 125
      • Tamayaki Smoked Mackarel     Php 105
      • Tamayaki Ham & Mozzarella   Php 105
      • Tamayaki Fish Fillet                   Php 105
      • Tamayaki Korean Pork BBQ    Php 95
      • Tamayaki Double Cheese        Php 115         

Tamayaki Philippines' Menu


Tamayaki PH
♪♪Good! It is really worth a try.

Tamayaki Philippines
Phone: 705-1856
Email: tamayakiphil@gmail.com
Landmark Makati
SM City North Edsa
Fisher Mall
SM City Fairview


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