JW and I love Naniwa-Taro’s Takoyaki. We make sure we always get it whenever we go to asian food festivals during summer. This week, we finally paid our visit to Naniwa-Taro which is located in the food court of T&T supermarket in Scarborough.
First, we ordered Takoyaki (obviously…). The takoyaki was freshly made after we ordered. It was as good as we remembered. The takoyaki was crispy on the outside and melting in the inside. When mixed with takoyaki sauce and mayonnaise, this little ball always surprise us with multiple layers of flavours. We love it.
Next, we ordered Hiroshimayaki with pork, squid and shrimp. Hiroshimayaki is a japanese savoury pancake (also know as Okonomiyaki – HERE to see our visit at Okonomi House in Downtown Toronto) served with with a layer of fried noodles. When I was a kid, I saw Japanese cooking and eating this on some random Japanese TV show. Since then, it has always been my dream to try this. I finally had the chance to do so at Naniwa-Taro. However, I was slightly disappointed.
We did not like the texture of the Hiroshimayaki. It was because the noodles and the pancake had a similar doughy and soft texture. Therefore, you might find the Hiroshimayaki to be a little overwhelming and boring after a few bites. This is especially true when the Hiroshimayaki was drown in the same sauce found in Takoyaki. We think this problem can be improved by panfrying the noodles until it is crispy. This would then create a contrasting texture with the pancake. Also, the pork was a little overcooked as well.
Although the Hiroshimayaki was not as good as we expected, the takoyaki remains to be our favourite. We will definitely visit again in the near future!