April 17, 2014

it's a takoyaki party!

over the weekend we finally got a chance to make some takoyaki. yangkyu loves this stuff and he got me liking it a whole lot too. we have a favorite japanese market in u street corridor in dc, hana market, and always bought a bag of them in the frozen section. since i'm all about making things from scratch right now, i thought why not just make some of our own?

so when we were in new york last february, we stopped by mitsuwa market {our other favorite japanese market} in edgewater, new jersey and picked up some some packaged takoyaki flour and takoyaki sauce. and on amazon we bought a cast iron takoyaki pantakoyaki pick and an oil brush. finally at a local h-mart, we were able to buy some bonito flakes to use for the topping and also a frozen bag of octopus, pre-cut {although i did have to cut them a bit more to make the pieces smaller}. 

i do have to say that i did miss out on some key ingredients such as dashi sauce {soup stock} and i had to wing it and make some of my own, benishoga {pickled red ginger} and aonori {green dried seaweed}, but we had some furikake {rice seasoning} and substituted that in instead. and we went without the mayo altogether. 

whipping up the batter was easy enough, but i did have to watch a video to learn how to flip the takoyaki over with a pick. that was pretty hard to do! i made three batches and wasn't really successful in making a single one into a perfect ball. although some of the texture didn't exact measure up, we still gobbled up those three batches like there was tomorrow. and i can't wait to make some more {this time with all the ingredients that were left out}. you really don't need the packaged takoyaki flour and instead you can make the batter with just regular flour. 

if you're ever in need of some takoyaki party over the weekend and are looking for a recipe, this is the one we used. there is an accompanying video and you can also see a list of all the ingredients you need. another variation of a takoyaki recipe can be found in this cute blog

happy eating! 

62 comments

  1. Everything looks SO delicious - my tummy is rumbling!

    Emma | Fluff and Fripperies

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  2. Oh my gosh these look amazing and mouthwatering! I want to join your party. My husband is not a big fan of Japanese food, I would have to make and eat this Takoyaki alone.

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    1. a solo takoyaki party is just as yummy! :)

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  3. If it wouldn't have octopus in it, I would love to try it!

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    1. i think there are other variations if you don't like octopus!

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  4. Ooh, me love some good takoyaki. I never thought making it myself. Thanks for this. ;)

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  5. This does look like a challenge to make but it looks soooooo good. I had not heard of this dish before. But yum! Haha I noted all the newspaper : ) Thanks for posting. If I do not make this I will certainly have to try having it out sometime.

    Allie of ALLIE NYC
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  6. Now you have me hungry! I don't think I could take on takoyaki myself, but maybe you've inspired a special outing…

    ~Alexis Grace of North On Harper

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  7. Wow good job, they turned out so well! I only tried takoyaki for the first time a couple of days ago, haha.

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    1. thank you! how did yours turn out?

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  8. I love takoyaki - yum! There's a restaurant here that makes "Americanized" versions by stuffing them with sausage/gravy, ham/cheese, etc. I prefer the original :-)

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    1. i only heard that there were other variations when i was watching the video to learn how to flip them!

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  9. you did really well on the flipping! the takoyakis are round and look delish :)

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    1. thank you! some of them look like full balls cos they were turned over! oops :)

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  10. oh WOW Jane! That dish looks so good! Glad you two enjoyed. De-lish!
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    1. it's always satisfying when something turns out ok because i'm known for always messing up in the kitchen!

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  11. Oh wow, this looks absolutely scrumptious!!
    xo TJ

    http://www.hislittlelady.com

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    1. we can't wait to have some more!

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  12. I've never had these, Jane. I'm soooo missing out! They look soooo good!

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    1. ah i hope you'll get to have some emmy!

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  13. I love takoyaki parties *o*! If you run out of powder/sauce, my friend and I bought ours at hmart here in the DMV area too so you don't have to go back to NJ to get it. I'm still a noob at flipping the balls, but my friend is near pro XD;

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  14. Omg Jane I'm sooo sooo hungry right now :c
    Even though you had trouble flipping them, they
    still look GOOD! Like restaurant good c: xx

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    1. wow! thanks mei! perhaps only in photos though (some of them are flipped so the better side would show - heehee)

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  15. looks so delicious! I have not been bold enough to make this on my own for fear it would never compare to when I have it elsewhere! Yours looks great!
    xo,
    nancy

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  16. oh my goodness. this is awesome. I want a takoyaki maker now...

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  17. look at you... takoyaki queen! sounds delightful and wonderful photography...

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  18. Your text above your photos is too humble! After scrolling down to see the photos, I have to say they look so perfect and appetizing! Takoyaki has a special place in my heart because it was one of the first things I ate on the 2013 New Year in Japan, since my friends I decided to visit temples at midnight. (Read = at midnight in wintery Japan, it's FREEZiiing, and hot sake + takoyaki to welcome the new year will taste like sweet, sweet ambrosia.)

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    1. oh i love it when food is tied to a special memory. and oh my gosh - freezing but oh so yum! my husband and i hope to go to japan soon. hope we'll get a similar experience (although we won't be going on new year's day).

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  19. Takoyaki!! Your photos are making my stomach growl!

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  20. Wow...these look amazing!! I've never ever had anything like this before, but I would most definitely try them...amazing. Never had octopus, but I'd try to see what it's like. Really amazing. I hope you have a gorgeous weekend Xxx

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    1. they are delicious! hope you have a gorgeous weekend as well!

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  21. wow, super clever, I love getting these at markets but would never think to make my own (quite an ambition project!) I love how yours turned out, picture perfect!
    On a side note I remember watching the mini pancake guy at a market flip his pancakes with a toothpick, such skill that I thought, at the time, must have taken a while to perfect!

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    1. i feel like even with time i i won't be able to ever perfect flipping this to make a perfect ball. sigh. :)

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  22. These look really good! I remember going through Osaka and having them on the streets of Dotonburi and they were something else. I'm not a huge fan but done well they are great :)

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  23. They do look pretty good to me though! I always use the Cooking with Dog one for reference. Plus, I just really like Cooking with Dog. Now I'm hungry again!!

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    1. i have never heard of cooking with dog but just looked it up! what a cute youtube channel!! thanks for letting me know!

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  24. Looks yummy! Thanks for sharing!

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  25. This is my kind of party! I haven't had takoyaki in forever!

    Rowena @ rolala loves

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  26. Wow, these look so delicious! I'd love to give them a try sometime.

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  27. yummeh! i am jelleh! Can't believe you found a takoyaki pan-- too cool!

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  28. I would have loved to go to this party! Also, we have a Mitsuwa here in San Diego- it's mine and Scott's favorite place to go eat ramen. Great pictures as always! -Jess L

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  29. Ohh, I am obsessed with Takoyakis since our trip to Japan, so many memories every time I eat takoyakis! We are lucky to have some Izakayas in Barcelona that serve takoyakis, but they are never as good as the ones we ate back in Japan (Ok, maybe I have them a little idealized since my honeymoon). This post is awesome for so many reasons: Takoyaki pan goes to my birthday wishlist, I just discovered there are frozen takoyakis (I'll check for them in our next visit to our Japanese market!) and the video&recipes look so helpful, however I don't think I will ever be able to flip the takoyakis like the ones in the video (it looks so easy and difficult at the same time!!!! xd).

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  30. this looks insanely good Jane!! i grew up eating Takoyaki (especially with a Dad who hails from Osaka, where they originate) and i miss them so so much. it looks like you did fantastic job! xx

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  31. Oh my goodness, these look so great!

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  32. I've never seen anything like this before! I love it and it looks great.

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  33. Oh these look good! You're gonna have to make more :)

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  34. THIS LOOKS SO AMAZING. I just love your photography!

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