Takuyaki was developed and invented by a Japanese named Endo Tomekichi of Osaka, Japan in 1935 and founded the first Takuyaki shop called Aizuya. The meal quickly spread among the people of Osaka and nationally by Yatai, a mobile stand often seen in fairs. It was so popular that 60% of Osaka household owns Takuyaki griddle. It became famous that it’s seen as a future “fast food” commodity of Japan and to be distributed worldwide. Currently, Takuyaki is marketed not only in Japan but also in China, Taiwan, Macao, Hong Kong and in the United States.
Takuyaki are cooked in what looks like black egg crates called Teppan or Griddles. Turning each hallow mold with a sharp probe twisting to sphere and be cooked evenly. Once ready, each ball is pierced with a toothpick (for neater eating), slathered with a choice of classic or hot & spicy sauce and sprinkled with Bonito powder. This magnificent snack that is nutritious, delicious, unique and most of all very affordable.
In Mindanao, the Takuyaki mania started in the Tuna Capital of the Philippines – General Santos City in 1997. The plan to explore and introduce Takuyaki to the masses was initiated by Edgino S. Bogayong II, a local entrepreneur an believer of the old saying “Quality food, quality service.” The business grew to what is now known as Kua Chito’s Takuyaki. The company has four outlets in General Santos City. It now has franchised outlets in Koronadal City, Cagayan de Oro and Cebu City. Now franchising nationwide.