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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  • seven quort
    seven quort 7 months ago


  • Crysis
    Crysis 7 months ago

    its really good honestly its kind of like those foods where you start to not like it but the more you eat it the more it gets better

  • irokatcod4
    irokatcod4 Year 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

    • Emmy Van Dort
      Emmy Van Dort 3 months ago

      Dashi stock IS included in the batter for the takoyaki and you’re thinking of the Hiroshima style okonomiyaki.

  • K P
    K P Year ago

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

  • L.A.B ART
    L.A.B ART Year ago

    Have to try these b4 I die

  • VCD_WE3Q
    VCD_WE3Q Year ago +1

    whats that funnel thing called? looks cool.

  • Michael Knight
    Michael Knight Year ago


  • dxc
    dxc Year ago

    Put farts to music and you get this.

    AEZLUS Year ago


  • Prakash Budhu
    Prakash Budhu Year ago

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

  • Jocelyn Sanchez
    Jocelyn Sanchez Year ago +1

    I love takoyaki!! 🤤😋🐙

  • Jennifer Bohannon

    I'm here because of Ayato Sakamaki. ;)

  • Jean-Charles Navet

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

  • justsayneenuh
    justsayneenuh Year 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 Year ago +1


  • Scott Pieken
    Scott Pieken 2 years ago

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

  • volkermuller55
    volkermuller55 2 years 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 2 years ago

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

  • sad gay
    sad gay 2 years ago

    go to Germany and try the hottest currywurst my dude

  • TY NT
    TY NT 2 years ago


  • spabo
    spabo 2 years ago


  • rchippex
    rchippex 2 years ago

    So much want!

  • Cody felibrico
    Cody felibrico 2 years 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 2 years ago

    Nah thanks, but cool vid. Cheers.

  • ok
    ok 2 years ago

    That mayo seems disgusting..

    • Cypeq
      Cypeq 2 years ago +1

      cool story bro.

  • T. Wolfe
    T. Wolfe 2 years ago

    Veeeery niiiicee!

  • ゆうおり
    ゆうおり 2 years ago +5

    Takoyaki is one of the Japanese delicious foods for sure

  • Sargon Face Saaad
    Sargon Face Saaad 2 years ago

    Seafood in everything in asia. Sea is bled dry.

  • Dr.Trollish
    Dr.Trollish 2 years ago

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

    • Emmy Van Dort
      Emmy Van Dort 3 months ago

      Dr.Trollish I make them with the pork used on the okonomiyaki when it’s not busy asf because I can’t eat octopus 🙄

  • angel964o
    angel964o 2 years ago

    Anyone knows the track's name?

  • AJ T
    AJ T 2 years ago

    fk I looovvveee Takoyaki

  • jack 9200
    jack 9200 2 years ago

    shit honestly sounds disgusting.

  • Jelly17
    Jelly17 2 years ago

    Get in my belly!! 🐙

  • RoflSirOfTheLawl
    RoflSirOfTheLawl 2 years ago

    OMG I need that in my life!!!

  • suntzupup
    suntzupup 2 years ago

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

  • J P
    J P 2 years ago

    Fart sounds lol

  • Sharif Sourour
    Sharif Sourour 2 years 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 Year ago

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

  • chchcharley
    chchcharley 2 years ago

    Do they ship internationally?

  • The Emo Emu
    The Emo Emu 2 years 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 2 years ago +1

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

  • Floris Fiedeldij Dop
    Floris Fiedeldij Dop 2 years ago

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

    HANGED UPS 2 years ago +1


  • CoreyJay
    CoreyJay 2 years ago +1

    Bonito flakes are sold as a cat's treat

  • Popcorn
    Popcorn 2 years ago +1

    I really wanna eat those

  • Lee Nolan
    Lee Nolan 2 years ago +1

    ughh I'm salivating

  • formakashic19
    formakashic19 2 years ago +1

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

    • irokatcod4
      irokatcod4 Year ago

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

  • leeummradley
    leeummradley 2 years ago

    Anyone know the song?

    HAPPY 2 years ago +1


  • NumbCorns
    NumbCorns 2 years ago

    best food

  • paulorosa111
    paulorosa111 2 years ago

    Fuck..... I want! lol

  • Swapnil Jain
    Swapnil Jain 2 years ago +1

    Do Japanese people eat mayonnaise?

    • ゆうおり
      ゆうおり 2 years ago +2

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

  • Prophetz Of The Sound
    Prophetz Of The Sound 2 years ago

    food looks fire

  • 3volved
    3volved 2 years ago

    What was the point of this video? Paid advertising?

    SHORTYizRIPPIN 2 years ago

    The real question is how much would these cost?

    • Punkyagogo
      Punkyagogo Year 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 2 years ago

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

  • Ralph
    Ralph 2 years 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 2 years ago

    Who prefers Food Skills over Hot Ones?

  • Mariam S
    Mariam S 2 years ago

    I would eat it if there was no sauce or mayonnaise

  • iAxX
    iAxX 2 years ago

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

  • Chanin M
    Chanin M 2 years ago


  • Mr. Anderson
    Mr. Anderson 2 years ago

    How much did this restaurant pay for this commercial?

  • GodOfPopTarts
    GodOfPopTarts 2 years ago

    Had me until the mayo.

  • Critical Eats Japan
    Critical Eats Japan 2 years ago +30

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

    • Jamie Ellis
      Jamie Ellis 2 years ago +1

      This very thing happened to me not a week ago.

    • Crunchatize Me Senpai
      Crunchatize Me Senpai 2 years ago +7

      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 2 years ago

    i am become drool, destroyer of self-control

  • Contrast
    Contrast 2 years ago

    Takoyaki is so good!!

  • Steve Brinker
    Steve Brinker 2 years ago

    omg yummy!

  • marvin
    marvin 2 years ago


  • LexusReyes
    LexusReyes 2 years ago +19

    They sell dope takoyakis at Mitsuwa Marketplace

    • irokatcod4
      irokatcod4 Year ago

      In Jersey?

    • LexusReyes
      LexusReyes Year ago +3

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

    • Harrison Bade
      Harrison Bade Year ago +2

      Who shit in your coffee today?

    • Max W
      Max W Year ago

      yeah sick bro. So dope bro. So gnarly

    • CizreK
      CizreK 2 years ago

      You mean in Mar Vista?

  • Ooo Datsgottahurt
    Ooo Datsgottahurt 2 years ago +1

    It looks cool, but also like it tastes like shit. You know I'd rather some chicken wings than some niche japanese food only the cool kids eat. One has been popular for decades and the other is the latest trend.

  • Roy is Confused
    Roy is Confused 2 years ago

    that looks amazing

  • Frank Wu
    Frank Wu 2 years ago

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

  • Important guy commenting
    Important guy commenting 2 years ago +3


  • yo
    yo 2 years ago

    That look nasty

  • Rich
    Rich 2 years ago

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

  • DizzS2K
    DizzS2K 2 years ago

    lost me at the mayonnaise.

  • Shankity Stick
    Shankity Stick 2 years 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 2 years ago +3

    gimme those!!

  • The Sharkinator
    The Sharkinator 2 years 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 2 years ago

    I would make a trip to NY just for this.

  • Lalala
    Lalala 2 years ago

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

  • X
    X 2 years ago +10

    I ate them in Shanghai, they are delicious

  • Mugmellow
    Mugmellow 2 years ago +14

    Love the production value on these.

    • Spud Cannon
      Spud Cannon 2 years ago +1

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

  • Ryan McCarville
    Ryan McCarville 2 years ago

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

  • tragoedia veritas
    tragoedia veritas 2 years ago +2

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

  • FatBoy Paul
    FatBoy Paul 2 years ago

    AIDS R BAD :(

  • bippy Fuckerson
    bippy Fuckerson 2 years ago

    Damn that looks BOMB

  • Brandon Thrower
    Brandon Thrower 2 years ago

    Takoyaki has been my favorite food for many years

  • Anthony De Lise
    Anthony De Lise 2 years ago

    I meant tentacle size, whoops!

  • affalaffaa
    affalaffaa 2 years 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 2 years ago

    Why does the ginger move?

    • Punkyagogo
      Punkyagogo Year 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 2 years ago

    mmm...fish food flakes.

  • ArrestedDeveloper
    ArrestedDeveloper 2 years ago +2

    Looks like fish food sprinkled on top.

    • SACPH4N70M
      SACPH4N70M 2 years ago +6

      I ate some when I was a kid. D:

    • Pluto28
      Pluto28 2 years ago +1

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

    • SACPH4N70M
      SACPH4N70M 2 years ago +1

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

  • Mr. Gunk
    Mr. Gunk 2 years ago +148

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

    • Mr. Gunk
      Mr. Gunk Year ago

      das rasist

    • Plant
      Plant Year ago +11

      White knight spotted

    • Daniyal Ahmed
      Daniyal Ahmed 2 years ago +7

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

    • Japan Lovely
      Japan Lovely 2 years ago

      lovely channel

    • Nathan Sifuentez
      Nathan Sifuentez 2 years ago

      I can't stop watching this 👄👅

  • axledoesgaming
    axledoesgaming 2 years ago

    takoyaki is sooooooo fucking good
    i order it whenever i can

  • alex
    alex 2 years 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 2 years ago +2

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  • Wiper2707
    Wiper2707 2 years ago +1

    This videos are so good

  • jorgeren8
    jorgeren8 2 years ago

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

  • Warren Wiriadjaja
    Warren Wiriadjaja 2 years ago

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

    HAMMERonYOUTUBE 2 years ago +3

    always wanted to try Octo Balls

  • NoJusticeNoPeace
    NoJusticeNoPeace 2 years ago +25

    You really shouldn't be eating octopus. The octopus is one of the most intelligent creatures on Earth: playful, curious, a tool user, and it's even suspected that they may be capable of complex communication through colour-changing. They're so intelligent, in fact, that they are notorious for escaping from captivity. Because they're capable of surviving for extended periods out of water, fishermen kill them by shoving a hand down their throats and ripping them inside out. If you wouldn't eat whale, dolphin, or gorilla, then you shouldn't be eating octopus either.

    • ArdipithecusR.
      ArdipithecusR. 2 years ago +2

      Some high horse shit going on this thread fam. If it's tasty and it doesn't kill you, it's game.

    • NoJusticeNoPeace
      NoJusticeNoPeace 2 years ago +2

      Pwent, I'm vegetarian because I don't want to support the meat industry, which is unhealthy, unsustainable, and devalues life by turning it into a widget on the capitalist assembly line. But I eat any fish I catch, and I will eat meat if it's obtained by sustainable, small-scale hunting. I'm telling people if they avoid killing and eating highly intelligent animals such as corvids, primates, and cetaceans, that they should avoid eating octopodes for the same reason. And if you don't like reading that, then I invite you to wear a blindfold or retreat to your safe space where you won't encounter opinions which trigger you.

    • Dr. Gregory Barnes
      Dr. Gregory Barnes 2 years ago +4

      Hey answer me this if octopus are so smart why do they live in the ocean where I throw my trash?

    • Pwent
      Pwent 2 years ago +2

      Oh, do shut the fuck up, please. There's cultures out there that do happen to eat whale and some actually eat monkeys. so, yeah...If an octopus was capable/needed to/or was created in such a way that they could eat you, spoiler alert: they would, because they're animals. There's reports of Deer eating dead humans now, so please, stop worrying about everything that your sjw/peta heart can't handle and can't change. It'll help clean up the YT comment section. I think I'll get some sushi tonight.

  • JAY UU
    JAY UU 2 years ago

    the music is annoying