In The Begining
Armed with a strong passion for high-quality food,
our founder, Takeda Yohei left his native Japan for
Singapore to pursue his dreams of introducing Japanese
Takoyaki to Singaporeans via the Takopachi brand name.
During that time in 1994, he was the only person with
the foresight and courage to look beyond convention
and believe that Takoyaki could be popular outside
of Japan. This was despite his being relatively young
at 26 years old.
Everyone else had felt that this was an exclusively-Japanese
snack that could not be accepted by people from other
cultures and with different tastes. However, trusting
his instinct and vision, Yohei took his big step out
and became the pioneer of Takoyaki outside of Japan.
Acquiring a pushcart at Clark Quay, he took his first
step towards introducing the Takopachi blend of takoyaki
to the rest of the world, and has never looked back
Three Flavour Concept
Deciding to merge tradition with adaptation, Yohei
improvised by introducing two distinctively-localised
variants to the traditional octopus-ball. The first
variety was the prawn-filled version as, from his
careful observation, prawn was an extremely popular
type of seafood in Singapore. The other was bacon-&-cheese,
which was slightly more westernised and which provided
choice outside of seafood to consumers.
If imitation is indeed the most sincere form of flattery,
the perfect testimony to the success of his adaptations
would be the fact that this exact 3-flavour concept
is now widely-imitated throughout Southeast Asia.
In yet another first, Takopachi was the first brand
that came up with the idea of having the "3-in-a-box"
package. Originally, takoyaki is typically sold in
Japan in packs of 8. However, understanding that customers
in Singapore may prefer smaller pack sizes since it
was consumed as a snack, Yohei decided that Takopacki
should offer its products in boxes of three, making
it more manageable and affordable.
With our founder's intimate understanding of customers'
preferences, his determination and hard work, the
Takopachi brand rose to become so well-know that it
has sometimes even become synonymous with takoyaki.
Our first permanent stall was subsequently established
at Ngee Ann City on February 1996, and it has remained
the flagship stall until now. The brand has continued
to grow, resulting in 3 more stalls being opened at
Bugis, Bishan and Tampines by popular demand.
Founder's Philosophy and Beliefs
In order to keep up to his own uncompromising standards,
which most of the time is even more exacting than
that of the customers', Yohei insists on monitoring
the quality of the takoyaki very closely. He personally
hand picks all ingredients and oversees every step
in the operations. It is nothing out of the ordinary
if he appears at all four stalls within the same day.
Many of our employees have also been at some point
personally coached and offered pointers by their meticulous
boss, for whom "perfectionist" is nothing
but an understatement.
It is also this insistence on personal involvement
with quality control that has led Yohei to decide
he wishes to limit his operations to a manageable
scale. This has led us to reject many offers from
interested franchisees or even requests from customers
and fans alike to open more stalls. On this count
we wish to apologise to customers for not expanding
our business, but we hope that you will understand
that this is because our founder wishes for you to
enjoy food of only the best quality.