Saturday, February 18, 2012

How to make takoyaki (octopus balls)?

Hi..I've searched on the internet n on utube but I don't understand some of the ingredients needed to make the takoyaki batter like kombu dashi,bonito dashi...etc....If anyone could give me a full recipe n translated the japanese ingredients for me...that would be perfect! I'll choose u as best answer... ^_^How to make takoyaki (octopus balls)?
I am a former chef from Canada and worked in Japan in the 1980's, and it is easy and you can adapt the recipe to a non Japanese based one, the dashi and bonito flakes can be hard to find in areas with no Japanese population or alot of Asian shops, you can buy a soup based which dashi is in package and dissolve it in hot water other wise use a bit of chicken base with a dash of soya sauce and rice vinegar, and make a simple egg batter like for dipping in fish for fish and chips, now the octopus, if you cannot find a whole ones (they are not easy to find and moderately expensive), you can use baby octopus or even calamari, you poach both chop in to cubes or piece mix with the batter, and then scoop into a special pan for making takoyaki, it looks like a cast iron fry pan with dimples, in a pinch you can deep fry them and use 2 tablespoons and drop the batter in and it with float just move them around to brown both sides. Even use a non stick fry pan and make a smallish pancake, tastes the same.

If you need anymore help let me know, they can be fun to make and the sauces are again adaptable the Mayo in Japan is sweeter and eggier, the Takoyaki sauce is bottled but can be made with a combo of oyster sauce, soya sauce and a either sugar or honey to drizzle over with the mayo for serving and the nori flakes can be replaced with toasted sesame seed also.How to make takoyaki (octopus balls)?
First you catch an octopus, cut off his balls, batter them and fry them to a crisp golden brown...

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