Everyone has a story—even your favorite Japanese food. Read on to discover the origin stories of some Japanese food favorites like Takoyaki, Yakisoba, Donburi, and Udon.


Takoyaki is a classic Japanese street food popular at festivals. It is commonly known as octopus balls, and is said to have been inspired by Hyogo Prefecture’s Akashiyaki, a dumpling made of egg-rich batter and octopus dipped into dashi.

Takoyaki’s literal translation is grilled or fried octopus. People often call it “octopus balls” or “octopus dumplings.”


Soba noodles are usually made from buckwheat flour. But soba in Yakisoba is Chinese noodles made from wheat. This popular Japanese noodle stir-fried dish is typically flavored with Worcestershire sauce and other condiments.

It is a Japanese noodle stir-fry dish that first appeared in food stalls in Japan during the post World War II period.


“Don” means bowl in Japanese. Simply put, Donburi, a quintessential Japanese comfort food, is a filling bowl of steamed rice topped with pork, beef, fish, and/or other ingredients. It took off during the Edo Period (1603-1867).

Unadon (unagi donburi or eel bowl) is said to be the first donburi dish. It is a large bowl of steamed rice topped with fillets of grilled eel (unagi).


Udon noodles are thick Japanese noodles made from wheat flour. Though prepared and served in a variety of ways, udon is frequently served in a hot soup with a mild broth called kakejiru and usually topped with spring onions.

Like the donburi, udon became widely popular to the public during the Edo Period in Japan in the 1600s.

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