Doki-Doki Takoyaki in San Jose, Batangas
Takoyaki is one of the street food in Japan. If I remember it correctly, I first tried it autumn of 2009 in Kyoto and I loved the rich flavor. I never tasted anything similar since then. But Doki-Doki Takoyaki in San Jose, Batangas, I think, this is one of the authentic Takoyaki I had since fall of 2009.
Just a quick reminiscing, we followed the recommended Kyoto Fall Foliage Itinerary. We started to walk the Philosopher’s Path then went straight to Kinkaku-ji or Golden Pavilion. We stopped for lunch to eat Udon noodles. Then visited several shrines, temples, saw Geisha walking, and ended the day at Kiyomizudera Temple. We walked south through the peaceful night time setting of Higashiyama District to witness the most famous fall illumination in all of Japan. I think I had my first bite of Takoyaki at Yasaka Shrine. Too bad I can’t find any photo. Oh, how I miss Japan!
The First Authentic Takoyaki in Town
I first heard Doki-Doki Takoyaki from my cousin and because of the good feedback, I asked my husband to accompany me so I can try it for myself. It opens every 10AM so we planned for brunch. We had trouble locating it because the only sign we saw was the White Mustache Milk Tea Bar. But I checked the page and it’s just across Noel’s Car Wash and Auto Supply and few meters from St. Anthony Montessori. We parked our car at the side of the road and walked at the one-way street and there we saw it, in front of the tea bar.
I immediately asked for their best seller and they recommended Nagasaki & Osaka. Since my husband is allergic to seafood, we were hoping that they have other meals on their menu. I checked the page and thought that they offer Spam Musubi but it’s still a project and not on the menu yet. So I asked if they can exclude the octopus or any seafood (if there’s any) and put instead more vegetables. Fortunately, they agreed.
We’re early! We arrived 10:30AM and we’re the first customer there. The milk tea store opens at 11AM and Doki-Doki Takoyaki did not serve bottled water or any drinks. The crew from the tea bar said she’s still cooking the pearl. Good thing they served fruit fusion and since it’s only 15 minutes before 11AM, she took my order. I ordered lemon with chia seeds and we loved it too!
What’s Inside Takoyaki
According to Nami, a Japanese cook based in San Francisco, Takoyaki (たこ焼き) is a Japanese snack in the shape of little round balls containing pieces of octopus. Tako-yaki literally translates to “octopus-grilled/fried” and some people may call it “Octopus Balls” or “Octopus Dumplings”. (see Just One Cookbook)
Based on Takoyaki Recipe from Nami, there are 5 ingredients for authentic takoyaki. The Dashi-flavored batter consist of Japanese stock Dashi, all-purpose flour, baking powder, eggs, salt and soy sauce. Then of course, the octopus, pickled ginger, green onion and tempura scraps. Doki-Doki Takoyaki, like the ones I had at Yasaka Shrine, has a savory flavor, crispy outside then soft and gooey with chewy octopus inside. The texture is creamy, it’s mouth-watering and super tasty!
Osaka is my favorite! It was served with Worcestershire sauce-like “takoyaki sauce” and squirt of Japanese mayo. It’s complete with Aonori (dried green seaweed) and Katsuobushi (dried bonito flakes) garnishes! That’s how authentic Doki-Doki Takoyaki are! Osaka is a little bit spicy thus a good alternative to cheesy and creamy Nagasaki. I tried both! Nagasaki, I think, was loaded with mozzarella, cheddar and Japanese mayo with what seems like cotton-candy cheese toppings.
I will definitely try Kyoto and Tokyo next time. Follow their posh Facebook page then order! They’re accepting deliveries with delivery charge depending on location so perfect during this pandemic. Trust me, you’ll crave for more! If you like this article, then please share and follow MyKMagazine Facebook page and visit MykMag for more!
Address: Brgy. Sto. Cristo, San Jose Batangas
Contact Number: 0919 005 0408
Facebook Page: @dokidokitakoyakiph