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20 Oct

Not necessarily of watching masterful takoyaki vendors in Osaka, or any other part of Japan for that matter, but of Hawaii.

Every summer and winter break I go home with two things on my agenda: visit family and eat. Most of the time, the two overlap–afterall, for my family good food is a must-have at all gatherings.

But certain foods require special trips. In terms of sweets, it’s definitely Leonard’s Malasadas for their amazing Malasada Puffs and Kansai Yamato for their amazing chocolate mochi filled with dark chocolate ganache and coated with cocoa powder. For the savory items, the list is much, much longer. Chun Wah Kam, Futaba’s (if I’m lucky), Bangkok Chef, and the list goes on.

One thing I always make multiple trips for is the takoyaki at Shirokiya. The thrill of seeing the cook deftly form the balls with the aid of just two thin metal skewers and the anticipation that makes you salivate when they package your order is something I don’t tire of.

But the best part of the entire experience is actually eating the takoyaki. Because most of the time I’m sharing the order with my mom.