Tuesday, November 8, 2011

How to Make Crisp Golden Takoyaki (Part 1)

Yes, this is my husband Makoto's Takoyaki:
Here they're served in a boat so to show you that Makoto's takoyaki look just the same as Gindaco.
Here is the secret method to get your takoyaki balls crispy, golden and perfectly round, just like Makoto (or Gindaco)!

(for if you can get Takoyaki mix) 
(I would never use okonomi mix for okonomiyaki but Makoto says Takoyaki mix is different.  I'm up to challenge that and I'll post as soon as I have the perfect recipe.  I've seen a few recipes on the internet using flour but none of their takoyaki photos look anything like Makoto's takoyaki)
  • Takoyaki-no-ko
  • water (as per packet instructions)
  • eggs (as per packet instructions)
  • Boiled Octopus, sliced up
  • oil
  • a handful of tenkasu
  • finely sliced negi (shallots)
  • sakura-ebi (tiny dried prawns), optional
  • beni-shoga(red pickled ginger) (Makoto didn't use it this time)
On top:
  • Takoyaki Sauce (or Okonomi or Tonkatsu sauce)
  • Japanese Mayonnaise
  • Katsuobushi
  • Ao-nori
1. To make the batter: Stir together Takoyaki-no-ko, water and eggs (and sakura-ebi and beni-shoga if you have them)
The mixture will be like a thin milky soup.
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Would you like me to send you some Takoyaki ingredients/tools from Japan?
Katsuo-bushi is something we used a lot of, and much more expensive in Australia, that's why I've decided to make it available worldwide for less!


  1. @LaviniaThanks Lavinia☆ You should try it someday!

  2. This looks wonderful! May I repost it and share with my friends at sakuragakuen.org? We can link back to your site.

    1. sakuragakuen> Thank-you it would be an honor. You are welcome to repost as long as you clearly show that this recipe is from Littlejapanmama.com and link back. I also have a video which I haven't posted yet, and I think that might be even more useful.

  3. I just moved to Brisbane and couldn't find Takoyaki balls. I love this food. Maybe I should just do it myself. Where can I buy the cooker for Takoyaki balls?
    Thank you for your help. I love your website.

    1. Hi Tess, that's a good question! I've only ever bought takoyaki hotplates in Japan, I'm sorry! An easy alternative is to have a look in the freezer of a good Korean grocery store like Hanaro mart in Sunnybank. You can buy a large bag of frozen takoyaki, quite cheap. Not as fun as making them yourself, but they're not too bad!

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    1. Hi jacko and beauty, takoyaki no ko is takoyaki packet mix, or, literally, takoyaki flour.

  5. Hi there. How did you cook the octopus? Medium sized octopuses are pretty expensive in my area and I usually buy the small octopus but whenever I boil it, it turns out rubbery and has that fishy taste.

    1. Hi Angie Phan, the octopus is just boiled. In japan boiled octopus is sold in supermarkets, but if your octopus is uncooked, just boil plenty of water and drop it in and let it cook until done. I think octopus is going to be

    2. ...a bit rubbery anyway but that's fine. If it's fresh it should have a good octopus taste. Anyway, even if you can't get perfect octopus, any boiled octopus is fine. You only put a small piece in each takoyaki ball, and it gives the whole thing a yummy flavour.