What’s your newly discovered snacking fave?
Mine is takoyaki, those chopped octopus-filled balls made from batter cooked in a special molded pan, then drenched with takoyaki sauce and Japanese mayo before topping with bonito flakes.
First introduced in Osaka, Japan by street vendor Tomekichi Endo in the 1930s, the takoyaki (from “tako” or octopus, and “yaki” or grilled) has reached well beyond its origins, even reaching our shores where it is sold in establishments ranging from specialty restaurants to food stalls.
While I’ve been encountering takoyaki for decades now, I’ve only recently learned to appreciate it: the chewy balls given texture by the bits of octopus, the mixture of flavors from the sauces and the umami from the bonito flakes.
When I sometimes get tired of the usual contents of my pantry, I now experience a hankering for these tasty snackable balls.
And lucky me, a takoyaki joint just opened right in my neighborhood!
Despite being a business born from the pandemic, Yaki Yaki (from YAKIsoba and TakoYAKI) has grown and is now open to franchisees to bring its delicious Japanese streetfood treats to more communities.
Its newest store opened just a stone’s throw away from my home.
Its menu, of course, includes takoyaki in wondrous variety.
As can be gleaned from its name, Yaki Yaki also offers yakisoba, a dish made of noodles stir-fried with meat and vegetables in a sweetish sauce, which can be enjoyed on its own or partnered with the store’s signature takoyaki in one delicious serving.
Aside from its filling takoyaki and yakisoba combinations, Yaki Yaki also serves handcrafted milk beverages.
These snack and beverage offerings are not only tasty and filling, they’re quite affordable too!
It sure looks like I have a new go-to snacking destination that’s right in my neighborhood! And if I’m in no mood to venture out of my home, I can always order through FoodPanda, yey!
Live nearby? Do check it out!
Yaki Yaki is located at Unit 2, Landex Apartment, 3rd Street corner Countryside Avenue, Countryside Village, Bgy. Sta. Lucia, Pasig City, open from 11am to 8pm.
Interested in this business? Call +63 998 2431707 to inquire about becoming a franchisee.