Osaka is famous for takoyaki. You can’t leave Osaka until you’ve tried it from the most popular takoyaki shop in Amerikamura (アメリカ村, translated as ‘American Village’), or Ame-mura for short.
My cousin knew of this place, so she took us there to try the negipon takoyaki (ねぎポンたこ焼き). It was served on a styrofoam tray, 10 pieces for ¥450.
The name negipon takoyaki is the shortened name of negi ponzu takoyaki:
negi – green onion
ponzu – citrus-based sauce
takoyaki – grilled octopus ball
The sauce in traditional takoyaki is a thick sauce with a taste similar to Worchestershire sauce. On the other hand, the sauce in negipon takoyaki is ponzu, which is a thin sauce that made the takoyaki soft, wet, and flattening. Negipon takoyaki looked deflated compared to traditional takoyaki, but it was quite tasty and addicting!
Here’s a video from Quest for Japan showing how Kougaryu makes its takoyaki: