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[Homemade] Takoyaki ball

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Takoyaki is a gift sent from God, I swear.

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

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 :)

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

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


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.

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.

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

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

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.

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

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


2 points · 5 months ago · edited 5 months ago

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!

Oh okay. I get it now. Thanks :)

~ Happy to help ~


17 points · 5 months ago

Homemade?!?!? Fo real??

no machine

How does one go about making this?

It requires a special pan

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

7 points · 5 months ago

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.

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"

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

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

Did you hide wasabi in one of them?


I need the recipe <3

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2 points · 5 months ago

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.


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

Very nice presentation!

mast pic

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


This looks like the Mars rover of sensual cooking

Looks like the Flying Spaghetti Monster haha.

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Well that sure escalated quick.

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what joke?

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