The art of making takoyaki

@sol_cee (19662)
Fiji
April 1, 2019 6:03pm CST
According to Google, ‘takoyaki is a ball-shaped Japanese snack made of a wheat flour-based batter and cooked in a special molded pan.’ The special molded pan is right there in the photo above. Typically, takoyaki is filled with minced or diced octopus. Japanese don’t scrimp on their octopus slices. As you bite the takoyaki balls, you can taste the octopus slices wiggling in your mouth. Just kidding. They’re not alive, of course. But authentic Japanese takoyaki is a real treat. In my home country, takoyaki doesn’t have tako (octopus) at all. They just use powder/seasoning and lots and lots of vegetables and I grew up thinking takoyaki is just a ball of veggies. Have you eaten takoyaki before? Photo was taken at my friend’s house where we had a takoyaki party.
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@nela13 (22007)
• Portugal
2 Apr
I have never eaten takoyaki but as I love Octopus I think I would like It.
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@sol_cee (19662)
• Fiji
2 Apr
How do you cook octopus in your country?
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@nela13 (22007)
• Portugal
2 Apr
@sol_cee several ways, I like it in the oven more.
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@sol_cee (19662)
• Fiji
4 Apr
@nela13 Oh I've never tried that. Does it make its texture more tender or something?
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@rsa101 (20230)
• Philippines
2 Apr
I see locally in my place too I think Takoyaki is not filled with minced octopus or diced one either. I just do not know what filling they used as replacement for it. Maybe its squid or other similar that could imitate an Octopus.
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@sol_cee (19662)
• Fiji
2 Apr
Is octopus expensive there?
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@rsa101 (20230)
• Philippines
2 Apr
@sol_cee I think so I rarely see them at the market mostly squids are available in here and they are a bit expensive as well that is why I doubt if they are able to make the real and genuine takoyaki around.
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@sol_cee (19662)
• Fiji
2 Apr
@rsa101 I think both squid and octopus have similar texture and taste.
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@RasmaSandra (29018)
• Daytona Beach, Florida
2 Apr
Nice photo. I have never heard of takoyaki but it sounds good. I have had Japanese food with noodles before.
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@sol_cee (19662)
• Fiji
2 Apr
Ramen? Soumen? Yakisoba?
@RasmaSandra (29018)
• Daytona Beach, Florida
2 Apr
@sol_cee I believe ramen it was some time ago. I just noticed that you can get frozen takoyaki balls online. I don't know if they'll be good but I might try them.
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@sol_cee (19662)
• Fiji
2 Apr
@RasmaSandra that’s great. You can put them in the oven for that crunchy outside but gooey inside feel.
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@responsiveme (23352)
• India
8 Apr
No, we stay very far off from the sea so sea food is not a regular item. Sometimes a couple of sea fish and big lobsters do come to the market. But haven't eaten octopus or squid etc. Lots of shrimps and river prawns though and many kinds of fish which I do prefer over chicken.
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@sol_cee (19662)
• Fiji
10 Apr
River prawns sound interesting. Do they taste different?
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• India
10 Apr
@sol_cee the sea ones are saltier I guess. We mostly have fresh water fishes where we live.
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@sol_cee (19662)
• Fiji
11 Apr
@responsiveme I like prawns, I'm just too lazy to peel them off. lol
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@thelme55 (19437)
• Germany
4 Apr
This is the first time I heard about this food. It sounds delicious.
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@sol_cee (19662)
• Fiji
6 Apr
Do you eat octopus, Thelma-san?
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@thelme55 (19437)
• Germany
10 Apr
@sol_cee Nope. I eat squid but not octopus.
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@sol_cee (19662)
• Fiji
11 Apr
@thelme55 In my hometown, octopus isn't so common in the market. But squids are.
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@LadyDuck (230267)
• Switzerland
2 Apr
I have never tried but I am sure I would like, I like octopus (cooked).
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@sol_cee (19662)
• Fiji
6 Apr
Oh, I'm glad that you do like octopus (cooked), Anna-san.
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@LadyDuck (230267)
• Switzerland
6 Apr
@sol_cee I am Italian, so I like every kind of fish and shellfish. I am not a big fan of raw fish.
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@sol_cee (19662)
• Fiji
11 Apr
@LadyDuck Italians don't have raw fish dish?
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@sunrisefan (24188)
• Philippines
2 Apr
You can have my share LOL!
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@sol_cee (19662)
• Fiji
2 Apr
You don't eat octopus?
@sunrisefan (24188)
• Philippines
2 Apr
@sol_cee I don't even eat lion :)
@sol_cee (19662)
• Fiji
2 Apr
@sunrisefan Picky eater. lol
@DianneN (122252)
• United States
2 Apr
I’ve had Japanese food many times, but never takoyaki. I’d love to try it. What a cute photo of you!
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@sol_cee (19662)
• Fiji
2 Apr
You're not allergic to octopus, right?
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@DianneN (122252)
• United States
2 Apr
@sol_cee (19662)
• Fiji
2 Apr
@DianneN go try one ball of takoyaki then, Dianne-san.
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@shaggin (44400)
• United States
2 Apr
I thought it looked so delicious until I heard about the octopus. As a vegetarian I would not want to try that. The vegetable way you are used to in your home country sounds way better to me.
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@sol_cee (19662)
• Fiji
6 Apr
How long have you been a vegetarian, Shaggin-san?
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@shaggin (44400)
• United States
6 Apr
@sol_cee 28 years
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@sol_cee (19662)
• Fiji
10 Apr
@shaggin wow! 28 years is a long time. Good for you.
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@hereandthere (37647)
• Philippines
2 Apr
aww, too bad i didn't see the first picture of you in a sweater. i'm giggling at the upside down picture, but yeah they're popular here now and i was disappointed when i tried it. it deflated like a balloon! hahaha! i was expecting something dense like a meatball.
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@sol_cee (19662)
• Fiji
2 Apr
Oh I didn’t notice it’s upside down. Editing...
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• Philippines
2 Apr
@sol_cee it's right side up now. i know @sunrisefan shared a tip about pictures with the help of fb. another tip i read recently was using an app called befunky.
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@sol_cee (19662)
• Fiji
2 Apr
@hereandthere I think it's the way I took the photo. haha
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• United States
2 Apr
that looks and sounds really yummy, I've never tried it but I'd like to also I like your sweater in the picture, it looks so cute and comfy :)
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@sol_cee (19662)
• Fiji
2 Apr
I couldn’t flip the balls at first. But I got the hang of it after many times of flipping and turning them over. Is my English correct?
• United States
2 Apr
@sol_cee yes, your English seems perfect to me
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@sol_cee (19662)
• Fiji
2 Apr
@isweartokira thanks Bree-san!~
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@May2k8 (9278)
• Indonesia
10 Apr
I don't like octopus, and near my house there are takoyaki sellers only with sauce and flour not using octopus.
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@sol_cee (19662)
• Fiji
11 Apr
Takoyaki minus the tako (octopus). Maybe they use tako flavoring.
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@May2k8 (9278)
• Indonesia
11 Apr
@sol_cee Maybe, adults rarely buying takoyaki here so that the price is affordable for kids then the octopus is not included in the food.
• Wheat Ridge, Colorado
10 Apr
Oh boy that looks good. I would try it for sure.
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@sol_cee (19662)
• Fiji
11 Apr
I know you're the adventurous type, Tiara-san.
@BelleStarr (46270)
• United States
7 Apr
I have to admit I never have but it does sound interesting.
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@sol_cee (19662)
• Fiji
10 Apr
It is Belle-san. I surely can eat 6-8 balls of takoyaki.
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• United States
4 Apr
The wheat batter sounds good but you lost my taste buds in trying octopus !
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@sol_cee (19662)
• Fiji
6 Apr
They use minced or chopped octopus, so it doesn't look that gross to me. I would say no if I can see all the eight tentacles and the googly eyes. lol
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• Philippines
3 Apr
I wonder what would that taste.
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@sol_cee (19662)
• Fiji
4 Apr
Why not try?
@sofssu (23201)
2 Apr
Never eaten those , I am a little hesitant with octopus.
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@sol_cee (19662)
• Fiji
4 Apr
I can't help but imagine Ursula and Morgana (Little Mermaid villains) whenever I eat takotaki. lol
@jaboUK (57698)
• United Kingdom
2 Apr
I've never eaten it, nor am I likely to. I don't like the sound of it at all.
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@sol_cee (19662)
• Fiji
2 Apr
lol Some food names do sound repulsive.
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@flapiz (9527)
• Philippines
4 Jul
I love takoyaki! Although sometimes it burns the palate when it’s fresh because the inside tends to be hotter than the outside. I also didn’t know there was octopus inside. I feel like it’s just veggies. The sauce and the pork dust on top makes it a little meaty though.
@ShifaLk (15973)
• India
3 May
I will prefer the pure veg one since I don't eat seafood. My mom and bro eat