Tacoyaki was probably one of the first thing I ate when I arrived in Japan and I can still picture myself drinking a big sip of beer to cool down my mouth and wash away my first taste of katsuo bushi. Let’s just say that tacoyaki is growing on me and I was ready to try the famous Akashi-Yaki.
We left the house early to make it before the opening time a Funamachi, a well respected Akashi-yaki shop located not too far from the station, but well away from the main tourist area.
Akashi is just a short train away from Kobe it’s mostly known for being a small castle town and the spot where you can cross to Shikoku on the huge Akashi bridge.
Funamachi is a tiny shop, so small that I simply drove by it without noticing it. There is enough space for maybe 10 customers at a time.
We ordered 3 portions of 20 octopus balls. 20 Akashi-yaki are just 500 yen, it’s a hell of a deal.
The octopus balls are served on a wooden plank with a bowl of dashi which what distinguish Akashi-yaki from regular tacoyaki. In the world of B-1 gourmet, all the small details count.
The octopus balls were burning hot and the soup cooled them down a bit. They were a regular and a spicy okonomiyaki type sauce on the table along with nori powder and katsuo powder.
I found the Akashi-yaki to taste a bit undercook, but my wife and sister-in-law both told me it was part of the Akashi style. The small bits of octopus tasted really fresh.
Akashi-yaki is a mandatory stop on the B-1 gourmet trail and I strongly recommend Funamachi.
The main shopping arcade of Akashi is a daily fish market where you can see fresh octopus or try Akashi-yaki.
After 20 octopus balls, I was too full to try anything else.
If you like tacoyaki, Akashi is the place for you.