Hello, Takoyaki lovers! 🙂 If you are reading this I assume you like Takoyaki, or at least interested in Takoyaki? I must say I was very surprised when I heard Takoyaki is now so popular in many countries. I saw a video on YouTube about Takoyaki getting so popular in Paris and I watched the long waiting line in front of a Takoyaki restaurant in Paris with a pleasant surprise. And today I confirmed it on my Facebook page wall, many of my readers like Takoyaki, too!! It is not so difficult to understand the phenomenon as I love Takoyaki, too! Takoyaki is so tasty and it bring me back to my childhood in Japan as well. My grandfather often bought me Takoyaki at the city festival. It was such a good treat!! The ingredients of Takoyaki are flour, egg, dashi broth, cabbage, spring onion etc. and some special food which I do not get hold of in Norway are also included. Today’s recipe was adjusted with some substitutes: In Oslo we do have octopus at special stores but they are rather expensive and I have replaced it with a squid. Tenkasu and Dry Baby Pink Shrimps are also the important ingredients but they are also replaced by deep-fried onion. Do you have fried onion? If not, you can again replace it with potato chips with beef consomme flavor. Deep-fried onion in Norway looks like this. Very crunchy!
Boil squid, cut it into tiny pieces.
2. Warm up 450 cc water, mix with dashi powder and dessolve it well.
4. Add the flower. Mix well with a whisk. Leave the batter for 10 minutes.
5. Heat the Takoyaki pan. Grease it with some salad oil. Grease each mold well.
6. Pour the batter into each mold about 80% full.
7. Put squid/shrimp, vegetables, fried onion in. And pour more batter in.
PS ….. You can freeze Takoyaki. Put Takoyaki on a tray, give 5 cm between them so that they can freeze individually. After 1 hour you can check if they are half frozen. Then you can put them in a bag. They don’t keep the taste for a very long time, you need to eat them within a month or so. When warming them up, start at low heat in microwave. If you heat them at high heat, they may burst and you get a messy microwave oven…. Good luck!!