Tuesday, March 22, 2011

A Bunch of Amateurs!

Friday my friend Vivienne invited me over to make Takoyaki....and I have to say....for a bunch of amateurs we did really well! The first batch were kinda misshapen and rather ugly.....but tasted great....by the time we started the 2nd batch we had a plan and by the third batch on....they were coming out beautiful.....just like the ones you get in the night markets of Taiwan and HK. For those of you who don't know what Takoyaki is..... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Takoyaki

Here is the recipe....there are a lot of ingredients for these little balls of yummy-ness.

50g Boiled Octopus
50g Cabbage (diced very small)
30g Green Onion (cut very small and thin)
250g Flour
2.5 eggs (I used 3 cuz I don't know how to do 2.5 eggs, lol)
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
Roasted Seaweed, crushed
Bonito flakes
Japanese Mayo
Teriyaki sauce (you can make your own: Soy sauce, mirin, sugar,1:1:1 ratio cook....)
(there were some other ingredients on the list, but we couldnt find it so we made do without it)
Takoyaki plate/maker

  1. Cut octopus into very small pieces
  2. Beat egg
  3. Add flour, baking powder and salt, mix
  4. Pour the batter into a water carafe or even a condiment squirt bottle....this will make it much easier to control and pour
  5. Heat Takoyaki plate/maker
  6. Brush with oil (make sure you give it a good brushing so the takoyaki dont stick to the pan)
  7. Fill each mold about 1/2 way with the batter
  8. Add octopus, cabbage, green onion, and picked ginger to your liking
  9. Once the batter browns on the bottom, use the stick to flip it sideways
  10. Pour extra batter into the mold
  11. Flip the cooked piece on top of the newly poured batter to get the 2 halves to "stick" together
  12. Once the bottom half forms and the 2 halves are sticking together, you want to continue to rotate the each ball until it gets brown and to ensure even cooking. 
  13. Once they are done, drizzle with terriyaki sauce and japanese mayo
  14. Add crushed seaweed and bonito flakes
  15. Enjoy!
And as always....stay consumed! 



  1. Oh nice!! My sister is obsessed with those but she never tried making them yet. I don't think I've ever tried them before but I'd like to. She was gonna try doing it with my retarded "Redi-Set-Go" grill thing cuz it came with a plate with maybe 8 round "holes" like that. But is the thing you're using just for making takoyakis?? Wow, u guys mean business, LOL!!

  2. Yea its prob one for just making takoyaki....its even got a little cartoon-y octopus on it....LOL my friend bought it a long time ago and she said they hadnt used it yet.....LOLS.....hmmm...the redi-set-go grill thing just might work and would be a lot less work lols :P

  3. i AM obsessed with takoyaki! it looks freaking fantastic!! good job!

    weirdest thing. i'm craving seaweed powder lately. haha..over takoyaki, over yaki soba... mmmmm...

    i'm super impressed!

  4. They tasted super delicious...i bet goosey would love them too...you should totally make them :) If you invite me over....I'll help too :P lols

  5. I think we threw away our Redi-Set-Go when we moved cuz we just couldn't get everything out of the apartment and deadline was closer & closer (midnight) so we just had to start throwing away a LOT of stuff. I usually don't care of octopus at all. There are so many kinds of seafood that I don't like! BUT seeing that it has all that egg, flour, etc (stuff I love), I might like it!