595 River Rd, Edgewater, NJ
web site: http://www.mitsuwanj.com
For Memorial Day weekend, the Mitsuwa Marketplace Japanese shopping center in Edgewater, NJ brought in a team of Takoyaki meisters from Osaka, Japan to make their griddled battered octopus tentacle treats for the amassing crowds. We went on location to cover this hypnotizing combination of street food and performance art.
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To get your box of freshly griddled Takoyaki, you’ll need to wait on a 45 minute line.
The complete Engrish down-low on Takoyaki:
“The secret of the Dotonbori kukuru [TAKO-YAKI] (octopus balls) lies in its unique original taste and the meticulous skills that go into making it. At kukuru, we use the “TAKO-YAKI Maestro System” incorporating the skills of making the perfect TAKO-YAKI while not standing for anything less than the best entertaining performance and presentation of our gourmet to satisfy our customers. Our goal at kukuru is to have our customers not only be satisfied from their eating experience, but also be entertained by the performance of their food preparation.
The mission of kukuru is to take TAKO-YAKI from being a representative of fine Japanese gourmet to being representative of world gourmet this is what it means to be the Maestro of TAKO-YAKI.”
First the special Takoyaki griddle is filled with a crepe-like batter.
Then pieces of cooked octopus tentacle are placed into each mold.
Then the other seasonings and fillings are added.
As the Takoyaki begin to set, they are flipped over using long metal chopsticks.
The Takoyaki “Meister” works very quickly, flipping the yaki over with blinding speed.
Then he boxes them to order for the sauce prep crew.
Saucing the Takoyakis with Japanese-style mayo and Tonkatsu sauce.
Takoyaki Eating Time!