This popular treat consists of bits of octopus and condiments in batter made of flour, savory broth and egg, baked in a spherical form with special cookware. Freshly baked takoyaki is crispy on the outside and soft in the inside, but the inside is very hot, so be careful not to burn the inside of your mouth. It is often sprinkled with toppings such as sauce, mayonnaise, aonori (powdered seaweed) and bonito flakes. There are many variations, including those made with soy sauce flavor and cheese. Among the roots of Takoyaki is Akashiyaki, local cuisine from Akashi City, Hyogo Prefecture.