For Christmas, one of my sisters bought me a takoyaki pan and I’ve been looking for a time to try it out (which is not easy with a little baby!).
In the weekend, I recruited hubby to deal with any crying and got to work!
I won’t lie and say I cooked them from scratch – I went to Japan Mart and bought a takoyaki flour mix and guessed how to make it up following the pictures (the instructions are in Japanese!). It was a 200g packet and I mixed it with 2 eggs and 600mL water. I had about 80 grams of octopus meat which I cut up. I didn’t combine it with the mix though. Instead, I half-filled the pan, then put a piece in each one and then topped up each with more batter.
The takoyaki pan is a cast iron one, which my sister also bought from Japan Mart. I don’t have a gas stove, but it seemed to work fine.
The first batch was a bit of a failure – I didn’t quite have the technique down of turning the balls and so some of them burnt. I realised very quickly that you need to turn them over when the outside is set but the inside is still uncooked so that it will form a round shape rather than a dome! This required me to experiment a bit with the right sort of heat under the pan – in the end it needed to be about medium-high.
I also needed to make sure that the octopus was well covered with batter (not like in the photo) because it also had an annoying habit of sticking to the cast iron pan and coming out of the takoyaki balls when I tried to lift them out. This happened even when I used a lot of oil!
I served the takoyaki with takoyaki sauce, kewpie mayonnaise (Japanese yum yum sauce) and katsuobushi (bonito flakes). I know you can also add shredded seaweed but I didn’t have any. On the side I made a cabbage and tomato salad with a sesame dressing.
It was definitely time-consuming and I burnt a few fingers, but it was fun to make (even hubby wanted to have a go turning them). About half of them were an epic failure, but I think I’ve learnt from my mistakes and next time will hopefully be better! They do take a bit of practice but in the end, they were yummy. Perhaps this is something you might like to try in the future…
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