Takoyaki (たこ焼き) is one of everyone’s favorite street foods in Japan. I’ve heard people translate it as “octopus balls” but that just sounds crazy … and pretty unappetizing. Really, they’re small, round savory pancake-like snacks made from a batter, small pieces of octopus, and usually slices of pickled ginger, topped with a savory sauce, sometimes mayonnaise, and finally ao-nori (青のり, dried seaweed flakes) and katsuobushi (かつお節, dried bonito flakes).
Not so crazy after all, right?
How about some of these “crazy” state fair foods from the U.S.? (State fairs are similar in some ways to Japanese festivals — the prevalence of street food is one.). There’s no shortage of round snacks:
Sriracha balls and Nacho balls from the Minnesota State Fair and from USA Today:
“Hot tail” (roasted pig tail), also from the Minnesota State Fair:
Corn in a cup (from USA Today): “a pile of sweet corn cut right off the cob, then mixed with chorizo sausage, chayote cheese, lime juice, mayo, butter and a mix of spices the fair calls “magic dust.” Wow. Magic dust.
Bacon-wrapped corn-on-the-cob (from the California State Fair):
Bacon-wrapped, deep-fried peanut butter cups (Oregon State Fair)
As you can see, people in the U.S. do seem to like bacon. But it’s not very healthy, so here is a crazy alternative: “OSU researchers discover the unicorn – seaweed that tastes like bacon!”
Something to drink? How about drinking fruit from a fruit?
What’s the craziest street food or festival food you’ve eaten? Which summer festivals are you going to this year?