Did you know that there are two types of frozen takoyaki sold in the frozen food section of 7-ELEVEN: "7 Premium Takoyaki" (246 yen including tax) and "7 Premium Tsukiji Gindako Takoyaki" (540 yen including tax)? Yes, there are! But the price is more than twice as much, so you may be wondering if the taste is that different. So we compared them!
7-ELEVEN "7 Premium Takoyaki" and "7 Premium Tsukiji Gindako Takoyaki" ComparisonThe 7 Premium Takoyaki has a mild taste with a hint of dashi broth. On the other hand, the "7 Premium Tsukiji Gindako Takoyaki" is a large takoyaki that is carefully hand-baked one by one by a craftsman. Both takoyaki can be defrosted in a microwave oven for about 4.5 minutes, and then eaten with the optional sauce or bonito flakes.
First, warm them up and check their appearance.Both takoyaki contain 6 pieces per pack. The size of each takoyaki is almost the same. However, the Takoyaki from Gindakko is not shaken when warmed up, and keeps its round shape. 7-ELEVEN's takoyaki were a little squishy when heated.
7 Premium Tsukiji Gindako Takoyaki contains aonori (green laver)Both products share the same bonito flakes and sauce, but the Gindako also includes aonori (green laver) in the bonito flakes sachet. This is great for aonori (green laver) lovers. 7-ELEVEN's takoyaki does not contain aonori. Also, Gindako's bonito flakes are fine and plentiful. 7-ELEVEN's dried bonito flakes are slightly coarser.
Difference in textureThe silver octopus is crispy and savory on the outside, while the texture of the dough is chunky and tender on the inside. It also contains octopus. However, because the outside is crispy, the inside is slightly hollow, and the dough does not seem to be packed tightly when it is broken open. It does not bother me at all as long as I eat it in one bite.
On the other hand, 7-ELEVEN's takoyaki had a soft surface and a tender texture inside. Although it does not have a crunchy texture or a browned aroma, the dough is packed tightly and melts in your mouth the more you bite into it. The octopus is also included, making it a very satisfying dish. It tastes just like a typical frozen takoyaki.
In summary: Which do you recommend?I guess this comes down to preference, but personally, I preferred the 7 Premium Tsukiji Gindako Takoyaki. The flavor of bonito flakes and aonori (green laver) can be felt, and although it is not as good as freshly baked takoyaki, the crunchiness on the outside, the soft and flaky texture on the inside, and the broth, umami, and savory taste are quite satisfying for a frozen takoyaki.
However, at 540 yen per package including tax, the price is rather expensive. Considering the cost, I think the "7 Premium Takoyaki" (246 yen including tax) would be sufficient. If you prefer your takoyaki crispy, then you should definitely buy Gindako's frozen takoyaki. If you prefer your takoyaki crispy, why not try Gindakko's frozen takoyaki?