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[–]SneerySenpai 63 points64 points  (16 children)

Takoyaki is a gift sent from God, I swear.

[–]funkyourlove 10 points11 points  (4 children)

What are they like? I've never had the pleasure of eating one.

[–]UberRayRay 16 points17 points  (2 children)

They're lovely gooey balls with a chunk of octopus in the middle and slightly firm outside. The flakes and sauce on top really complement them. I highly recommend trying them if you can :)

[–]SleeplessDaddy 2 points3 points  (1 child)

I just had some yesterday, and you described them perfectly. So delicious!

Unfortunately I kept thinking about Boyle from Brooklyn 99 the whole time.

[–]AlexTheSomnilent 1 point2 points  (0 children)


[–]CougarAries 4 points5 points  (0 children)

It tastes like a rich seafood flavored savory pancake, topped with an Asian BBQ sauce and Mayo, like you see on a lot of sushi rolls in the US. Probably the best single bite of food I had when I was in Tokyo.

[–]redleonallen 7 points8 points  (10 children)

Man! I recently took a trip to Osaka and this was the first thing i ate after checking in to the AirBnB! I though i was losing my mind. What ever they top it with makes the balls appear as if they are moving.

BUT i must say... That was the best S*** i've eaten in a long time.

[–]Muddykip 10 points11 points  (9 children)

Those are bonito flakes and the heat from the takoyaki make it seem as if they are alive.

[–]KeeperofAmmut7 0 points1 point  (8 children)

The only thing I get out of this is that there's fish flakes...

[–]SneerySenpai 4 points5 points  (7 children)

It’s a dough batter with octopus tentacles/pieces in the middle. Takoyaki is a ball-shaped Japanese snack made of a wheat flour-based batter and cooked in a special molded pan. It is typically filled with minced or diced octopus, tempura scraps, pickled ginger, and green onion. Though depending on the region of japan, other things can be added.

[–]KeeperofAmmut7 0 points1 point  (6 children)

Interesting. Do you eat it by pulling it apart with your fingers or??

[–]MisguidedBlackbird 2 points3 points  (1 child)

You eat the entire ball while it's piping hot.

[–]SneerySenpai 1 point2 points  (3 children)

No no ^ they are individual balls, usually topped with a sweet soy sauce and Japanese mayo. Imagine savoury donut holes with octopus inside!

Usually the size of a golf ball, but they make bigger ones too!

[–]KeeperofAmmut7 0 points1 point  (2 children)

Oh okay. I get it now. Thanks :)

[–]SneerySenpai 1 point2 points  (1 child)

~ Happy to help ~

[–]s6884 17 points18 points  (2 children)

Homemade?!?!? Fo real??

[–]TodayILoled 0 points1 point  (1 child)

no machine

[–]ForTheGloryOfMerlin 9 points10 points  (9 children)

How does one go about making this?

[–]WinkyChink 6 points7 points  (5 children)

It requires a special pan

[–]kharmatika 2 points3 points  (4 children)

Really? Couldn’t you just use a deep fryer?

[–]camerb 6 points7 points  (1 child)

Sure, you could, but I don't think it would turn out quite right. Traditionally they are cooked in a special molded cast iron pan. It looks kinda like a cupcake pan, except the individual cups are half-sphere shaped.

I'd guess that deep frying them would cause them to retain more oil than they would typically, and I think the shape would be different, too.

[–]aaaaaaha 2 points3 points  (1 child)

You can't use a deep fryer because the batter is very watery, like tempura, instead of something thicker like pancake or bread dough. Basically you pour the batter into a takoyaki pan (something similar to a pan for making Aebleskiver or cake pops,) add your fillings and turn the dumplings as a shell forms. Because the batter is so watery the middle never forms a bread or cake-like texture and remains a hot watery "goo"

[–]kharmatika 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Ahhhh, thatmakes sense. I have had garbage success with cold water tempura batter.

[–]nowlistenhereboy 0 points1 point  (0 children)

You need a special pan, apparently the youtube link I posted is banned...

[–]Grantonator 8 points9 points  (1 child)

Did you hide wasabi in one of them?

[–]superPingu2 6 points7 points  (0 children)

I need the recipe <3

[–]Scyld1ng 3 points4 points  (2 children)

Looks delicious! What's drizzled over it, Kewpie?

[–]sneer0101 4 points5 points  (0 children)

More than likely. It looks like Kewpie and bonito flakes.

[–]nowlistenhereboy 0 points1 point  (0 children)

And a similar sauce compared to tonkatsu/bulldog, also pickled ginger (not the pink sushi kind, the red salty kind) are typical toppings.

[–]frankscarwash 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Ok recipe? Can’t afford that trip to Tokyo right now...

[–]SquggilySquid 3 points4 points  (0 children)

This photo looks like it can fit perfectly in a food magazine.

[–]NotQuiteMisterWhite 5 points6 points  (1 child)

The best ones have baby octopus inside. Only had it once at a shrine during some kind of festival.

[–]SteamedKloom 1 point2 points  (0 children)

It's truly fascinating learning how all the diverse cultures of the world make their tacos.

[–]Amanoo 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I wish I could get takoyaki anywhere. It's difficult to find them anywhere in the entire country, let alone in my home city. We have a billion sushi joints, some more Japanese restaurants, all that stuff, but not a single shop that sells takoyaki.

[–]PlanetHighClub 0 points1 point  (0 children)


[–]ds612 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Homemade? How the hell do you make it? That shit is awesome!

[–]raisedinalionsden 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Very nice presentation!

[–]rahim962 0 points1 point  (0 children)

mast pic

[–]Ky_furt01 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Theres a japanese grocer that sells them ready to eat... only that they are cold. How much time do you cook it?

[–]OPengiun 0 points1 point  (0 children)

This looks like the Mars rover of sensual cooking

[–]ArunkOner 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Looks like the Flying Spaghetti Monster haha.