Monthly Archive: November 2020

How To Make Japanese Takoyaki at home

This post is dedicated to my very young sister-like (or daughter-like?) friend, who is a Takoyaki lover and trying to make perfect Takoyaki at home.
Well… I think she is addicted to Takoyaki!!!

I found the following recipes/methods and they seem doable!

1. Make frozen takoyaki cubes and deep fry them.

How To Make Takoyaki (Without Takoyaki Pan) by My Name Is Andong

2. Make takoyaki balls with spoons and deep fry them.
How to Cook Takoyaki No Pan Molder by PagkaingPinoyTV

3. Cook halfway in a frying pan and make balls, then fry them through.
なんと!丸くなってる!?フライパンたこ焼きpart2の作り方! by けんますクッキング [in Japanese]

I also found some other videos about Takoyaki, which might be useful for making Japanese Takoyaki at home. 🙂
Well, they are different from traditional Takoyaki balls, but they look tasty!

This unique potato takoyaki how-to video includes a recipe for making the sauce from scratch.
Potato Takoyaki without a special pan (Easy Quick Recipe) | OCHIKERON | Create Eat Happy 🙂 by ochikeron

How to make Takoyaki Square using a tamagoyaki(Japanese omelette) pan.
卵焼き器で簡単! 丸めない!たこ焼き | How To Make Takoyaki with Egg Fryer [in Japanese] by DELISH KITCHEN – デリッシュキッチン
材料2人分(Ingredients for two people)
・ゆでだこ(Boiled octopus) 50g
・細ねぎ(Thin spring onions) 3本
・紅しょうが(Beni shōga – red pickled ginger) 20g
・揚げ玉(Japanese Agedama or Tenkasu – scraps/batter bits) 20g
・サラダ油(Salad oil)  小さじ(teaspoon)1
・マヨネーズ(Mayonnaise) 適量(some)
・ソース(Sauce) 適量(some)
・かつお節(Katsuobushi – bonito flakes)  適量(some)
・青のり(Aonori – green laver)   適量(some)
・たこ焼き粉(Takoyaki flour) 50g
・卵(Egg) 1個
・水(Water) 150cc

This is like making a big pancake, and cut it into small pieces. This recipe uses plain flour and also suggests using Satsuma-age (fried fishcake) as alternative to octopus.
フライパンでたこ焼き/みきママ [in Japanese] by みきママChannel
Takoyaki Batter
・かつおだしの素(Bonito dashi stock powder)(小さじ(Teaspoon)2)
・ねぎ(Spring onion)(1/2本)
・天かす(Tenkasu – scraps/batter bits)(20g)
サラダ油(Salad oil)(大さじ(Tablespoon)1/2)+(大さじ(Tablespoon)1/2)
たこ(Octopus diced 2cm)(1/2本 or 50g)
さつま揚げ(Satsuma-age – fried fishcake diced 2cm)(1枚 or 50g)
*If you are going to use only Octopus or Satsuma-age (fried fishcake), use 100g of your choice.

In New Zealand, you can find the following Takoyaki products at Japan Mart.
Japan Mart Online Shop Search results for: ‘takoyaki’ :
As of writing this post,

Hope the above information is helpful to you, my friend, and whoever is trying to make Japanese takoyaki at home!
Thank you for reading. If you know someone wanting to make takoyaki at home, please share this post.

Ekiben (駅弁・えきべん) boxed lunches to enjoy the local cuisine

Ekiben Boxed Lunches for Train Travel
on 01 Nov 2019 by Japan Video Topics – English

There’s something about Ekiben. I don’t know why, but when I travel by train in Japan, I eat Ekiben whenever possible.

It’s more expensive and less choices than Convini-Bento (Boxed lunches you can buy at a convenience store).
Still I want to buy it because, I think, it makes my ordinary train journey exciting and enjoyable.

What is Ekiben?

Ekiben (駅弁, railway bento) are a specific type of bento boxed meals, sold on trains and train stations in Japan.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

What does Ekiben mean in Japanese?

Eki (駅・えき) means ‘train station’ and ben (弁・べん) is, in this case, a short form of the word bento (弁当・べんとう), which means boxed lunch.

Are there any books about Ekiben?

Here are some Ediben related Japanese books:

旅鉄BOOKS 026 駅弁大百科
にっぽん全国100駅弁 鹿児島中央駅から稚内駅までEKB100!
駅弁味の陣2019 公式ガイドブック うまい駅弁 (オレンジページムック)