Here’s Where You Can Make Your Own Takoyaki in Osaka
Make your takoyaki, and eat it, too!
Takomasa Dotonbori Main Branch
1-4-15 Dotonbori, Chuo District, Osaka
Open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. for takoyaki-making activity
Activity Fee: ¥1,800 per person
How to get there: It's a 7-minute walk from Namba Station.
If you ask Japanese locals to name a popular local specialty in Osaka, takoyaki would be one of the top answers. The Namba area alone is filled with takoyaki shops, some of which don't just sell them, but also allow customers to make them. Takomasa Dotonbori Main Branch, located right in the Dotonbori strip, offers this very service. Here's what you can expect:
Instead of making your usual order from outside, you'll be guided inside the shop to experience making takoyaki yourselves. You'll be provided a hot plate with dents, chopsticks, pieces of octopus, spring onion, and red pickled ginger.
The batter overflows through the dents!
Making the takoyaki looks easy when you're not doing it, but it actually requires a lot of skill and precision. Once the batter is poured into the plate, you'll be tasked to put the ingredients inside.
You have to turn the balls while they are half cooked!
Turning the takoyaki balls is a challenge because timing is of the essence. When they are half-cooked, you have to turn them to make them round. With only your chopsticks as a tool, this will be quite a challenge.
They are starting to form!
Tip: Knowing how to roll the takoyaki around is the most important and difficult part of making beautiful takoyaki.
Put sauces and other toppings you like after you put the takoyaki on your plate. In this store, they make the batter savory enough without sauces.
The entire process takes about 10 minutes for one set (maximum 20 pieces, same as the number of dents on the plate).
Trying your hand at making takoyaki in Osaka is a special experience because this is the birthplace of takoyaki. While you can sign up on your own, the experience is more fun if you do it with a group of people. This explains why Japanese people hold takoyaki parties in their homes. Although walk-ins are entertained, it's better to make a reservation beforehand, especially when it is crowded.
Provided by Karaksa Media Partner (28 February 2019)