I've been wanting a takoyaki machine for a few years now but they are mad expensive! Usually an electrical one would be $50+ and pans would cost $30+ and that doesn't include shipping. Even though I'm MADLY in love with takoyaki, I still cannot justify the cost.
So a cheaper alternative was to buy a cake pop machine, anywhere between $20-$50. I got mine from amazon for $20 including shipping (that's with the help of some US friends).
Anyways, my Takoyaki recipe! I got this off the web but I altered it a bit for convinent and easy way to make Takoyaki! (It's actually a lot of work and time consuming)
- Takoyaki Batter - (to make 2 patches of 7 = 14 Balls)
1 Cup of All-Purpose Flour
1.5 Cup Icy Water
1/2 tsp Bonito Dashi
1/2 tsp Dried Bonito Flakes
1 tsp Soy Sauce
A Pinch of Salt
- Filling -
Green Onion (optional)
- Garnish -
Dried Bonito Flakes
So you're probably wondering what Bonito Dashi was. It's like fish stock, somtimes made from bonito flakes. I guess you can only need the bonito flakes but I was worried it won't be flavorful so I bought a instant mix (on the right), it looks like little dots of MSG.
For the octopus, I just use frozen mini ones you find at Asian supermarkets. They are not cheap. It's aruond $7-8 a pack but it's enough to use it for 4 times. The amount you see there is from 2 small octopus.
Usually the pickled ginger used in takoyaki are the enlongated ones like this.
( 1 ) Make the batter. Mix everything in a bowl.
( 2 ) Pour batter into Cakepop Machine. First Fill it 1/3 of the way.
( 3 ) Put the fillings in! (Octopus, Ginger & Green onion) Then pour more batter in to cover the fillings.
( 4 ) Wait until the bottom side of the takoyaki is cooked and turn it around. It's good to eat when both side is hard.
( 5 ) Garnish.
(Note this method does not make a perfect circular takoyaki nor ones that brown well). The problem with the cakepop machine is it heats in sessions. So if you were to pour more batter to make a full circle it would take a long time to cook and would usually overcook. To make one batch of takoyaki here already took 30 minutes. It's definitely very time consuming.
I would probably get a real takoyaki machine someday. I make takoyaki with the cake-pop machine more than cake-pops but this will satisfy my takoyaki cravings for now.
ALSO! Try to be creative with the fillings!! I would sometimes put some rice in there, or some pork belly. YUMMERS!