Takoyaki Tei: Corn Puffs, like Takoyaki Octopus Balls
With the convergence of the Corona Virus pandemic, this year, many Hanami (cherry blossom viewing) festivals resurrected Yatai (屋台) stalls offering various goodies, including Takoyaki.
Takoyaki (たこ焼き) is Japan’s favorite snack food made from a wheat-based batter filled with minced octopus, cooked in a special molded pan and eaten with Takoyaki sauce and green seaweed powder.
The octopus balls also come in snack form in Japan, among which Japan Frito-Lay’s Takoyaki Tei (たこやき亭: Takoyaki House) corn puffs are well-known, together with Umaibo Takoyaki, widely available at supermarkets.
Takoyaki Tei Corn Puffs from Japan Frito-Lay
Shaped like Takoyaki octopus balls, the Takoyaki Tei corn puffs (released in 1981) have a Takoyaki sauce flavor that reminds many Japanese people of the taste of Yatai from the old days.
Specifically, to deepen the taste, the ball-shaped puffed corn snack is flavored with two varieties of powdered Worcester sauce and dusted with green seaweed flakes called Aosa (アオサ).
These corn puffs are uniquely savory with a hint of tomato flavor and deliciously recreate the taste of Takoyaki octopus balls. Texture-wise, they are light and crispy and gently melt in your mouth.
There are various flavors for puffed corn snacks, but the Takoyaki flavor is unlike any other in the world, and this is definitely a must-try item for Japanese snack fans.
Corn grits, Vegetable oil, Powdered sauce, Sugar, Tomato flavor powder, Protein hydrolysate, Wheat flour, Powdered Katsuobushi bonito shavings, Aosa green seaweed, Salt, Octopus powder, Seasoning (including Amino acid), Acidifier, Calcium carbonate, Colors (Caramel, Carotenoid), Flavoring, Sweeteners (Sucralose, Stevia, Licorice), Spice extract (Partially including Wheat, Milk component, Soybean, Chicken, and Apple)
|– Saturated fatty acid||7.7 g|
|– Sugars||2.6 g|
|Salt Equivalents||1.2 g|
(Reference Page: Japan Fritolay 元祖たこやき亭 )