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Gindaco: King of takoyaki in Tokyo

Have you ever suddenly felt hungry while exploring Tokyo? It happens to me all the time. The delicious octopus dumpling balls takoyaki (come to rescue me more often that I would want to confess. Whether it is a walk with friends, shopping, or a casual date with someone special, it is a great way to satisfy (or at least to control) the hunger pangs that won’t break the bank. I have tried different takoyaki in Tokyo, but so far takoyaki made at Gindaco are superior to any other octopus balls.GindacoJimbocho, Shibuya, Harajuku, Odaiba… This is just a short list of Gindaco (銀だこ) takoyaki shops I frequently see. There are Gindaco shops in every prefecture of Japan. Wherever you find yourself, there is a possibility that you will bump into a smaller stall or a full-fledged bar. Actually, Gindako is popular not only in Japan, but also in such countries as Hong Kong, Taiwan, Thailand, Cambodia and Singapore.

Takoyaki is a popular Japanese street food with octopus (tako). Some people say it has the same taste as okonomiyaki. Takoyaki are made with the same kind of egg-rich batter.GindakoCrispy on the outside and creamy inside, takoyaki are topped with special sauce, mayonnaise, and also sprinkled with bonito flakes (katsuobushi) and aonori seaweed. Aonori is rich in calcium and magnesium, as well as other minerals and vitamins. You can skip the mayonnaise if you don’t like it or want to reduce the calorie intake.GindakoSurely, you can always buy some takoyaki at convenience stores or supermarkets, but the most delicious takoyaki are the ones you just watched being cooked. Recently Gindaco started selling “new type takoyaki” with shrimp chili, omuraisu, welsh onion with mentaiko, and pizza toppings.

Article by Olga Kaneda

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