The Japanese are masters of turning creepy sea creatures into succulent dishes. Octopus is no exception. Takoyaki (literally, fried octopus) consists of diced baby octopus

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Best Way to Feed Octopus to First-Timers

Wann Japanese Izakaya

The Japanese are masters of turning creepy sea creatures into succulent dishes. Octopus is no exception. Takoyaki (literally, fried octopus) consists of diced baby octopus sizzled in tempura batter, green onions, and bonito flakes. Wann Izakaya serves piping-hot takoyaki that tastes like it's fresh off the streets of Tokyo, where it's vendor fare as common as pretzels are in New York. Served with a dollop of sweet mayonnaise, these gooey dumplings are more a snack than a frou-frou seafood dish. And Wann gets its baby octopus from a Japanese seafood specialty shop to ensure the meat is savory and soft. Let it be known to all tentative first-timers that octopus doesn't taste at all "like chicken"—after one bite of Wann's savory takoyaki, you'll appreciate the difference.—Erika Hobart

 
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