One of Japan’s most beloved sauce makers, commonly known as the evangelist of Konamon (flour based dishes such as Okonomiyaki and Takoyaki).
The delicious history of Otafuku dates back to 1922, when Sasaki Shoten opened for business as a sake and soy sauce wholesale/retail store in Hiroshima. During WWII, okonomiyaki, a savory "pancake" with readily available ingredients, became popular due to a widespread shortage of rice. In 1950, "Otafuku Worcestershire Sauce" was introduced as the dish became even more popular, followed by "Otafuku Okonomi(yaki) Sauce" in 1952. A lot of arduous experiments went on behind the scenes, but soon Otafuku had one of Japan's best-loved sauces. As Konamon was especially rooted in Hiroshima and Osaka as local soul food, Otafuku expanded their line of sauces to include yakisoba and takoyaki.
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In 1998, the company decided to expand Konamon to the United States, and set up their North American branch in Torrance, CA. The subsidiary operated in South Bay for 15 years before moving to Santa Fe Springs, CA., to establish a location with a factory and a warehouse as well as an office. Today, Otafuku is sold nationwide, introducing the authentic flavors of Okonomiyaki, Takoyaki or Yakisoba to locals. The company also produces sauces for both national and private brands across the United States.
Otafuku was born and grew up in Hiroshima, one of two distinct capitals of Konamon culture. In their hometown of Hiroshima, there is an open-to-the-public museum and factory where you can enjoy an unforgettable cultural learning experience in Konamon.