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Wednesday, Sep. 26, 2012

'Tako-yaki' shops take off in Indonesia


"Tako-yaki," a Japanese-style octopus dumpling, is booming in popularity in Indonesia, where the number of shops selling the snack has been rapidly increasing.

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Having a ball: A worker at an Oishi-tako shop in Jakarta that specializes in "tako-yaki," a Japanese-style octopus dumpling, shows off her creations earlier this month. KYODO

The snack is particularly popular among children and young adults, many of whom say it's both easy to eat and "fashionable."

The founder of Oishi-tako, a shop based in eastern Jakarta that was launched in 2009, came across the Japanese snack via the Internet.

The chain now has 36 franchises around Indonesia.

Oishi-tako sells a single package containing four octopus dumplings for 10,000 rupiah (about ¥80.)

Another shop, known for its brand name Takoyaki Na, now operates 85 shops and plans to open at least another 15 next year.

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