Takoyaki Is the Most Hypnotic Japanese Street Food | Food Skills

  • Published on May 22, 2017
  • 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.
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  • irokatcod4
    irokatcod4 10 days ago

    Went there 2 nights ago...wasn't that good. They don't use dashi stock in their takoyaki. Also their okonomiyaki isn't good either, they don't use the "pancake" batter on the bottom or egg. The food was very disappointing. There are other great Japanese places around the corner though

  • K P
    K P 2 months ago

    Takoyaki shown tomorrow night on the Untitled Action Bronson show! Viceland 11:30PM

  • L.A.B ART
    L.A.B ART 4 months ago

    Have to try these b4 I die

  • あなたの疑いはどこにあるのか? 彼はアルファとオメガ

    whats that funnel thing called? looks cool.

  • Michael Knight
    Michael Knight 6 months ago


  • dxc
    dxc 8 months ago

    Put farts to music and you get this.

    AEZLUS 8 months ago


  • Prakash Budhu
    Prakash Budhu 8 months ago

    I was not a fan of these and I typically love janpanese food

  • Jocelyn Sanchez
    Jocelyn Sanchez 9 months ago +1

    I love takoyaki!! 🤤😋🐙

  • Jennifer Bohannon
    Jennifer Bohannon 9 months ago

    I'm here because of Ayato Sakamaki. ;)

  • Jean-Charles Navet
    Jean-Charles Navet 9 months ago

    I am so sad because 99% of us will never try it down :(

  • justsayneenuh
    justsayneenuh 9 months ago +1

    my friend and i ordered this by accident at an ayce asian restaurant where you order from an ipad and when it came we were like the fuck is this shit we were literally scared we thought it was alive and we didnt wanna look like idiots so we didnt ask and we tried to find what we ordered on the ipad but we couldnt so we had no clue what it was so we waited for it to stop moving and then we tried it and we didnt like it because it was cold and soggy but now i wanna try it again but like when its not cold and soggy

  • Chuck Fristian
    Chuck Fristian 9 months ago +1


  • Kyotra
    Kyotra 9 months ago

    There is so much good shit you miss out on in this country because people are all like "ew" at shit. Like c'mon, the stuff you already eat is plenty gross in its own way (chicken nuggets and jello are good examples). Quit being a squeamish pussy.

  • Scott Pieken
    Scott Pieken 10 months ago

    That was one of the best!!!!!!

  • volkermuller55
    volkermuller55 10 months ago +1

    I used to buy this shit from the street stands in Korea every weekend. Nothing hits the spot when you have drunk cravings like steamed dumplings and takoyaki. The guy who ran the stand in Uijeongbu would only open up for a couple hours and when he did, people would just flock and form a horseshoe around him and watch him whip those things up with rapt attention. If I remember right, it was only like 5000 wan for a dozen. If you ever get a chance, try that shit.

  • OhNoItsGojira
    OhNoItsGojira 10 months ago

    It's just siracha, no big deal...

  • Flazé Da
    Flazé Da 10 months ago

    go to Germany and try the hottest currywurst my dude

  • とっても優しい永野拓郎


  • spabo
    spabo 10 months ago


  • rchippex
    rchippex 10 months ago

    So much want!

  • Cody felibrico
    Cody felibrico 10 months ago +1

    I went to this place after coincidentally wandering around the city and craving takoyaki. Best accidental discovery/ takoyaki cherry popping experience

  • ToastyRoland
    ToastyRoland 10 months ago

    Nah thanks, but cool vid. Cheers.

  • Grant Macdonald's Pig
    Grant Macdonald's Pig 10 months ago

    That mayo seems disgusting..

    • Cypeq
      Cypeq 10 months ago +1

      cool story bro.

  • T. Wolfe
    T. Wolfe 10 months ago

    Veeeery niiiicee!

  • ゆうおり
    ゆうおり 10 months ago +5

    Takoyaki is one of the Japanese delicious foods for sure

  • i7fan
    i7fan 10 months ago

    Seafood in everything in asia. Sea is bled dry.

  • Dr.Trollish
    Dr.Trollish 10 months ago

    I bet that would be really good with anything but octopus in it lol.

  • angel964o
    angel964o 10 months ago

    Anyone knows the track's name?

  • AJ T
    AJ T 10 months ago

    fk I looovvveee Takoyaki

  • jack 9200
    jack 9200 10 months ago

    shit honestly sounds disgusting.

  • Jelly17
    Jelly17 10 months ago

    Get in my belly!! 🐙

  • RoflSirOfTheLawl
    RoflSirOfTheLawl 10 months ago

    OMG I need that in my life!!!

  • suntzupup
    suntzupup 10 months ago

    burns in your mouth like lava though. worse than hot pockets.

  • OrganicStuff1
    OrganicStuff1 10 months ago

    Fart sounds lol

  • Sharif Sourour
    Sharif Sourour 10 months ago

    Beautiful video. Love the feature. Technically it's not ginger that's used but green onion. Anyway, a small error, no biggie. Still sharing it. ;)

    • Punkyagogo
      Punkyagogo 2 months ago

      It’s not an error. Pickled ginger (benishouga) is used as well as green onion.

  • charley
    charley 10 months ago

    Do they ship internationally?

  • The Emo Emu
    The Emo Emu 10 months ago

    How strange. We make those in Denmark, but they're just sweet and without squid. Much simpler often just with jams and powdered sugar. I wonder who inspired who.

    • The Emo Emu
      The Emo Emu 10 months ago +1

      Come to think of it I did get some with scallops a while back.

  • Floris Fiedeldij Dop
    Floris Fiedeldij Dop 10 months ago

    It os like they took dutch poffertjes and went overkill with them. So cool

    HANGED UPS 10 months ago +1


  • CoreyJay
    CoreyJay 10 months ago +1

    Bonito flakes are sold as a cat's treat

  • Popcorn
    Popcorn 10 months ago +1

    I really wanna eat those

  • Lee Nolan
    Lee Nolan 10 months ago +1

    ughh I'm salivating

  • formakashic19
    formakashic19 10 months ago +1

    its like an okonomiyaki ball....i still dont understand how okonomiyaki hasnt made it stateside yet

    • irokatcod4
      irokatcod4 10 days ago

      formakashic19 this place makes it, but it's not very good.

  • leeummradley
    leeummradley 10 months ago

    Anyone know the song?

    HAPPY 10 months ago +1


  • NumbCorns
    NumbCorns 10 months ago

    best food

  • paulorosa111
    paulorosa111 10 months ago

    Fuck..... I want! lol

  • Swapnil Jain
    Swapnil Jain 10 months ago +1

    Do Japanese people eat mayonnaise?

    • ゆうおり
      ゆうおり 10 months ago +3

      Swapnil Jain Of Course lol We have one of the best mayonnaises called Kewpie mayo!

  • Prophetz Of The Sound
    Prophetz Of The Sound 10 months ago

    food looks fire

  • One-Eye
    One-Eye 10 months ago

    Bonito flakes are gross. Everything else looks delicious.

  • 3volved
    3volved 10 months ago

    What was the point of this video? Paid advertising?

    SHORTYizRIPPIN 10 months ago

    The real question is how much would these cost?

    • Punkyagogo
      Punkyagogo 2 months ago

      They used to be 5 bucks at this place, but since they’ve rebranded themselves in the last two years or so, they’re now like 8 bucks. Sucks. I now get my takoyaki at other places or just make them at home now.

    • ゆうおり
      ゆうおり 10 months ago

      Octavio Quezada In Japan, These cost around 3 to 5 bucks.

  • Teal'c
    Teal'c 10 months ago

    it might look kinda cool but trust me it only has a half decent taste which is completely ruined by the disgusting texture

  • Ben Nichols
    Ben Nichols 10 months ago

    Who prefers Food Skills over Hot Ones?

  • Mariam S
    Mariam S 10 months ago

    I would eat it if there was no sauce or mayonnaise

  • iAxX
    iAxX 10 months ago

    I wanna see a price comparison between these and the ones you can buy on the street in Japan.

  • Chanin M
    Chanin M 10 months ago


  • Mr. Anderson
    Mr. Anderson 10 months ago

    How much did this restaurant pay for this commercial?

  • GodOfPopTarts
    GodOfPopTarts 10 months ago

    Had me until the mayo.

  • Critical Eats Japan
    Critical Eats Japan 10 months ago +23

    And takoyaki can also melt the flesh off the inside of your mouth if you are not careful... ;)

    • Jamie Ellis
      Jamie Ellis 10 months ago

      This very thing happened to me not a week ago.

    • xOldSkoolHollywooDx
      xOldSkoolHollywooDx 10 months ago +6

      Critical Eats Japan It can also make you grow these strange, soft circles of tissue on your chest, in the pectoral area. I have two of them.

  • SomeSunshineOutside
    SomeSunshineOutside 10 months ago

    i am become drool, destroyer of self-control

  • Contrast
    Contrast 10 months ago

    Takoyaki is so good!!

  • Steve Brinker
    Steve Brinker 10 months ago

    omg yummy!

  • farted111
    farted111 10 months ago


  • LexusReyes
    LexusReyes 10 months ago +18

    They sell dope takoyakis at Mitsuwa Marketplace

    • irokatcod4
      irokatcod4 10 days ago

      In Jersey?

    • LexusReyes
      LexusReyes 9 months ago +3

      He isn't loved. Stay away, it's contagious

    • Harrison Bade
      Harrison Bade 9 months ago +2

      Who shit in your coffee today?

    • Max W
      Max W 9 months ago

      yeah sick bro. So dope bro. So gnarly

    • CizreK
      CizreK 9 months ago

      You mean in Mar Vista?

  • xzxoxlx
    xzxoxlx 10 months ago

    dats a funky beat doe

  • Roy Logan Folley
    Roy Logan Folley 10 months ago

    that looks amazing

  • Frank Wu
    Frank Wu 10 months ago

    Complex is probably the only like news company who uses 4k on theri videos

  • Important guy commenting
    Important guy commenting 10 months ago +3


  • Michael
    Michael 10 months ago

    That look nasty

  • Rich
    Rich 10 months ago

    Takoyaki is fucking disgusting, I hope that isn't a trend in the U.S.

  • DizzS2K
    DizzS2K 10 months ago

    lost me at the mayonnaise.

  • Shankity Stick
    Shankity Stick 10 months ago +3

    Woah, I was just thinking about these things like literally 20 minutes ago and y'all put out a video about them?!?!?!?!?! Weird...

  • Renita
    Renita 10 months ago +3

    gimme those!!

  • The Sharkinator
    The Sharkinator 10 months ago

    I'd never eat Octopus, like fuck that just looks nasty. Just like Shark fins and other weird ass, so-called "delicacies" in the Oriental region. Not only is it all just nasty as fuck, but it's also destroying our oceans and the planet itself. This could be so much better if they found something other than octopus to put in it, something more sustainable and non-impactful to the environment.

  • IamMunkk
    IamMunkk 10 months ago

    I would make a trip to NY just for this.

  • Aheeem
    Aheeem 10 months ago

    seems like it be better if they didnt put all that shit on it

  • Peter Klöppel
    Peter Klöppel 10 months ago +9

    I ate them in Shanghai, they are delicious

  • fierro
    fierro 10 months ago

    filthy frank taught me all I need to know about Takoyaki

  • Mugmellow
    Mugmellow 10 months ago +13

    Love the production value on these.

    • Spud Cannon
      Spud Cannon 10 months ago +1

      Mugmellow ikr its aesthetic. I think it could use narration though

  • Ryan McCarville
    Ryan McCarville 10 months ago

    It's almost like a savoury, seafood version of Danish Æbleskiver...

  • tragoedia veritas
    tragoedia veritas 10 months ago +2

    Places like these are part of the perks of living in NYC

  • FatBoyPaul
    FatBoyPaul 10 months ago

    AIDS R BAD :(

  • bippy Fuckerson
    bippy Fuckerson 10 months ago

    Damn that looks BOMB

  • Brandon Thrower
    Brandon Thrower 10 months ago

    Takoyaki has been my favorite food for many years

  • Anthony De Lise
    Anthony De Lise 10 months ago

    I meant tentacle size, whoops!

  • affalaffaa
    affalaffaa 10 months ago

    That looked pretty nice. At last a snack that doesn't involve cheese, I think I'm a little bit Japanese in that respect.

  • Nicholas
    Nicholas 10 months ago

    Why does the ginger move?

    • Punkyagogo
      Punkyagogo 2 months ago

      Those are bonito flakes. They’re really thin so the hot steam from the takoyaki is enough to blow them around and make them move.

  • SpecialOrder
    SpecialOrder 10 months ago

    mmm...fish food flakes.

  • ArrestedDeveloper
    ArrestedDeveloper 10 months ago +2

    Looks like fish food sprinkled on top.

    • SACPH4N70M
      SACPH4N70M 10 months ago +6

      I ate some when I was a kid. D:

    • Pluto28
      Pluto28 10 months ago +1

      How do you know what fish food tastes like? :P

    • SACPH4N70M
      SACPH4N70M 10 months ago +1

      It kinda tastes like it, it has a very overpowering flavor.

  • Mr. Gunk
    Mr. Gunk 10 months ago +143

    I'll ask the real question. Why in the hell do those flakes move around like they're alive.

    • Mr. Gunk
      Mr. Gunk 9 months ago

      das rasist

    • Plant
      Plant 9 months ago +11

      White knight spotted

    • Daniyal Ahmed
      Daniyal Ahmed 9 months ago +6

      QUID, you're fucking weird man. Fuck off outta here, harassing girls, you creepy fuck.

    • QUID
      QUID 9 months ago +3

      Japan Lovely I'd fuck you

    • Japan Lovely
      Japan Lovely 10 months ago

      lovely channel

  • axledoesgaming
    axledoesgaming 10 months ago

    takoyaki is sooooooo fucking good
    i order it whenever i can

  • alex
    alex 10 months ago

    can you please upload in 420p or at least 720p, some of your veiwers internet speeds are garbage, and because i cant load this video, and like half of your other videos i cant watch them at all

  • KantahProductions
    KantahProductions 10 months ago +1

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  • Wiper2707
    Wiper2707 10 months ago +1

    This videos are so good

  • jorgeren8
    jorgeren8 10 months ago

    Aye try and get idubbbz in hot ones btw where in Southern California can I buy these snacks

  • That Dude
    That Dude 10 months ago

    I LOVE takoyaki
    They serve it at a ramen place that I go to a lot and it's DELICIOUS