'Tako' the Japanese word for 'octupus' and 'Yaki' for 'grill. so, if no octupus is used, can this be qualiflied as 'Takoyaki'? I used thick squid to try out this recipe and to play with this pan. If these balls were not accepted with enthusiasm, it will be alright, at least there was not a dent in the pocket - paying for the expensive octupus - the squid was only 99 cents/lb. Surprising, everyone who ate them liked them except me, i liked the batter to be more like pancake rather than this which was like the 'kuih' or pudding texture. Perhaps i chose the wrong recipe but anyway it was a very enjoyable effort flipping the balls.
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200g chopped boiled octopus
benishoga (pickled ginger) (to taste)
chopped negi (or scallions) (to taste)
tenkasu (or rice crispies) (to taste)
1 piece konbu (kelp), 10cm square
15g powdered katsuo-bushi (shaved dried bonito)
commercial takoyaki sauce
or worcestershire sauce
or bulldog sauce
or mayonnaise (Best Foods or Hellman's)
1. Clean the konbu by wiping it lightly with a cloth.
2. Cut the konbu into 2-centimeter-wide partial strips against the grain, but don't cut all the way to the edge .
3. Add the water and konbu to a pot, and cook uncovered over a slow fire.
4. Just before the water starts to boil, remove the konbu from the pot. The liquid should be a light yellowish or greenish color.
5. Add shaved katsuobushi to the water as it starts to boil.
6. After the liquid has been boiling a minute or two, turn off the heat.
7. Quickly remove the shaved katsuobushi from the liquid with a filter or strainer or cloth. Try to remove the katsuobushi while it's still floating on the surface, before it has a chance to sink.
8. Allow the liquid to cool, then add the liquid, flour and eggs to a bowl and mix.
Directions - takoyaki
Make a small test batch of 4 or 5 takoyaki at first, to check the consistency of the batter. Add more flour or water as needed.
1. Oil the takoyaki pan.
2. Add pieces of chopped octopus to each cup.
3. Pour in the batter.
4. Add benishoga, negi and tenkasu to taste.
5. Cook the takoyaki pieces until they achieve the desired degree of firmness, turning them over frequently.
6. Remove from the pan and serve with sauce and/or mayonnaise.