Takoyaki has gone viral. From the streets of Osaka to New York City’s East Village, this Japanese junk food fills its own foodie niche. Warm, pancake batter-like balls filled with savory octopus are cooked in a special iron pan. The takoyaki are drizzled with sweet takoyaki sauce and mayonnaise then topped with green aonori and shaved bonito flakes.

Takoyaki from Otafuku 236 East 9th St., New York NY