November 28 2018  |  Catering

ANA adds octopus snack from popular restaurant franchise

By Rick Lundstrom

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Octopus-filled comfort food on ANA

All Nippon Airways is collaborating with popular Japanese food chain Tsukiji Gindaco on an octopus-filled comfort food “Takoyaki” introduced on the airline’s Business Class menu.

Tsukiji Gindaco’s Takoyaki will be served as a light meal on international routes starting December 1. The golf ball shaped light snack has a filling made with diced octopus – called “Tako” in Japanese – and pickled ginger.

The octopus is wrapped in a crispy batter, made shrimp and bonito dashi. Takoyaki can be enjoyed with a special sauce and dusted with dried bonito shavings and aonori – also known as green laver – a mineral rich edible seaweed cultivated in Japan.

“We are extremely excited to be working together with Tsukiji Gindaco and bringing another authentic taste of Japan to our passengers,” said Yutaka Ito, Executive Vice President of ANA, in today’s announcement. “Takoyaki is incredibly popular in Japan and the ideal light snack for people feeling a little hungry but not wanting a full meal.”

Tsukiji Gindaco’s Takoyaki will be available in ANA Business Class on flights departing Japan to North America (excluding Honolulu) and Oceania, along with selected routes from Haneda Airport to Southeast Asia including Singapore, Bangkok, Jakarta and the midnight flight to Kuala Lumpur.

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