Food & Travel

Takoyaki Science at Gindaco

By Anonymous Paul on 16 April, 2011

Flipping perfectly golden brown spheres!

The Japanese are known for their perfection, to say the least, with just about anything. Including their takoyaki. I first had a taste of Gindaco’s takoyakis several years back walking around the Mongkok night market and was hooked since then. I was hungry, I saw a queue and then lined up myself not really knowing what to expect. But when I got my order of the street treat, from its appearance alone I knew there was a lot of care put into them. First of all they were big. Like oversized pelotas. And the outside was a deep golden brown. They were topped with copious amounts of their signature sweet brown sauce, japanese mayo, seaweed powder and bonito flakes (I’m always tantalized how they sort of sway from the steam emanating from the balls). Carefully biting into one I immediately noticed the crisp outer layer giving way to the soft, moist, smoldering center. And inside each piece was a huge chunk of octopus mixed in with aromatic green onion slivers, pickled ginger, dried shrimp and tenkasu (tempura crumbs). Delicious. Nothing at all like the small, dried out, cakey ones I’ve had here, even at Little Tokyo.

Notice the containers made of pine, designed to absorb excess grease. The takoyaki themselves didn’t taste of it. With a glass of cold matcha, this is dinner.

The pictures here were taken in their Ximending branch in Taiwan, and I have to say they’re pretty consistent. There’s a whole step-by-step process of how they make their takoyakis on their website, with a nonchalant tone that “everybody in Japan does it and probably you can too”. Which I’m sure we could. But not this good. It’s obvious that a lot of quality control goes into the product as keeping the correct consistency of the batter, the proper heat of the specially shaped griddles, the amount of cooking oil (check out the splatters on the glass), and how they absolutely MUST serve only perfectly round ones. (Imperfect ones are discarded.) No doubt they taste the same  whether in Bangkok, Taiwan, Singapore, Hong Kong or any of their hundreds of branches in Japan alone. The question now is….why hasn’t anyone in the Philippines thought of bringing this in yet?


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  • APRIL 19, 2011 7:39 PM

    J said...

    Takoyaki is my favorite snack in the world! And yup Gindaco is really really consistent :-) I lived in Yokohama for over a year and my weekends always included lining up at my nearest Gindaco branch (in Yokohama station) for my weekly takoyaki treat. ;-) Though I might add that takoyakis here in Seoul are almost the same as the ones I've eaten in J! ;-)

  • APRIL 19, 2011 11:07 PM

    Anonymous Paul said...

    Hi, J! would love to find out about the other good eats there in Seoul, too.

  • MAY 18, 2011 4:27 PM

    Jong said...

    check out the takoyaki place at little tokyo.. it's pretty good! owned by japanese nationals :) pretty near the stuff i had in osaka :)

  • JULY 26, 2011 10:01 PM

    Namee said...

    nice read! im a fan of takoyakis, the one I really like though is in sushi form at Toki :D not bad at all!!

  • JULY 27, 2011 9:10 AM

    admin said...

    thanks for the tip!