Here in the Philippines, you can taste any cuisine from different countries such as Western, Asian, etc. Up to date, the most popular food for millennial are Korean and Japanese food. Whenever you go to any malls, Korean and Japanese restaurant and stalls are everywhere. No wonder why Filipinos are loving their food.
One of the booming dishes today is takoyaki from Japan. It is a ball-shaped snack made from wheat flour-based batter and cooked in a special molded pan. Its filled with the following:
- minced or diced octopus (tako)
- tempura scraps (tenkasu)
- pickled ginger
- green onion
To make it more appetizing, they topped it with takoyaki sauce and mayonnaise. Then sprinkled with green laver (aonori) and bonito flakes.
Yaki is derived from Yaku which is one of the cooking methods in Japanese cuisine, meaning “to fry or grill”. We personally saw how takoyakis are being cooked when we went to visit their food stand named Tako Depot.
ABOUT TAKO DEPOT
This food stand is located inside a food park named Urban Flavors Food and Events Place. They just launched last December, 2018. It is owned by a young Filipina entrepreneur. Even though it is owned by a Pinay, all the ingredients used are fresh and shipped from Japan. That’s why they have this slogan, “The Taste of Authenticity”. What I loved more about them is that they put twists in their Takoyaki by adding more flavors from different cuisines.
Urban Flavors Food and Events Place
Look at their food stand, you can really identify what are they offering because of their cute logo, a baby octopus. #cutie
For their menu, it is already indicated at the side of their stall. You’ll notice that it’s kinda pricey but I’m telling you, it’s all worth it! They are also delivering in some selected areas via GrabFood and HonestBee.
Now, let’s go to their food. As I’ve said a while ago, they put twists in their takoyaki by adding more flavors. Have you tried takoyaki with bacon and cheese? How about takoyaki with quail eggs? HAHA. Are you shocked? Yes, you read that right. They have it here!
Let me introduce each flavor to everyone…
Tako, benishoga, tenkasu, negi, cabbage topped with bonito flakes, nori, Japanese mayo. and your choice of their own house blend sauces
CLASSIC WITH QUAIL EGG
Tako, azura tamago, benishoga, tenkasu, negi, cabbage topped with bonito flakes, nori, Japanese mayo, and your choice of their own house blend sauces
BACON AND CHEESE
Bacon and cheese, benishoga, tenkasu, negi, cabbage topped with bacon and cheese, nori, Japanese mayo, and your choice of their own house blend sauces
Food – ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Price – ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Service – ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Ambiance – ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Location – ⭐⭐⭐
I super loved their food. To be honest, I’m not a fan of takoyaki because I had a bad experience of eating takoyaki way back in college that’s why I don’t ate takoyaki for years. Ian just convinced me to try again, and thank God for Tako Depot because my trauma for takoyaki were now gone! Seriously, every bite will lead you to happiness. I just hope they will put more stalls to be more recognized because they deserve it.
4:00 PM-12:00 MN, daily
18 Mindanao Avenue, Bagong Pag-asa, Quezon City
Social Media Accounts:
Facebook: Tako Depot