by Geetika 19 Feb 2015, 01:23 ADVERTISEMENT
Made of a wheat flour-based batter, this dumpling-like snack with a (typically) filling of octopus, tempura scraps, pickled ginger and green onion, is a trademark Osaka dish.
A street vendor, Tomekichi Endo, is credited with its invention in 1935 and is said to be inspired by yet another dish, akashiyaki that gets its name from the city of Akashi.
Thanks to this wonderful little invention, Osaka is at the number seven spot in the list of National Geographic's top food cities.
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