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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)

Beautiful Jubako tiered boxes (重箱) for traditional Japanese New Year foods Osechi-ryori(おせち料理)

It’s November! While people around me are thinking about their Christmas foods (I live in New Zealand), I was thinking about Osechi ryori, traditional Japanese New Year foods.

Osechi ryori can’t be Osechi ryori without Jubako(重箱)! I have a three tiered Jubako brought back from Japan about a decade ago, but maybe it’s time to get a new one.

It’s not just for Japanese New Year(Oshogatsu(お正月)), it’s good for special occasions such as home parties, potluck parties, office parties and luxury picnics.

I’ve searched for Jubako on Rakuten Global Market because they ship worldwide from Japan. I’m going to share what I’ve found with you in case you might like to have one for yourself!

Click on the photos to open a Japanese page and the text links to open an auto-translated English page.
Note: Prices are as of 12 Nov 2019. Please check the latest information at the linked product page.

Jubako 180mm x 180mm 3 tiered boxes (Total 3900ml) JPY4,400

For 3-4 people / Made in Japan / Colours: Red or Black

Jubako 19.5cm x 19.5cm 3 tiered boxes Akebono Sakura JPY5,500

For 4-5 people / Made in Japan / Colours: Pink or Purple

Kishu coating Jubako 14.5cm x 14.5cm 3 tiered boxes JPY2,541

Made in Japan / Colours: Outside black and inside vermilion

Jubako 24cm x 24cm 2 tiered boxes with dividers Sakura JPY3,000

Made in Japan / Colour: Black

Jubako 19.7cm x 19.7cm 3 tiered boxes with dividers Maki-e(Lacquer painting) Rabbits JPY4,930

Made in Japan / Colour: Red

Jubako 15cm x 15cm 3 tiered boxes 花丸春秋(Hanamaru spring and summer) JPY5,500

Made in Japan / Colour: Black


Jubako 15cm x 15cm 3 tiered boxes 花丸春秋(Hanamaru spring and summer) JPY5,500

Made in Japan / Colour: Ancient vermilion

Jubako 19.5cm x 19.5cm 3 tiered boxes 玩具(Toy-design) JPY132,000

For 4 or more people / Made in Kyoto, Japan / Colour: Black
*It comes in a wooden box and it’s perfect for a special gift!

More Jubako tiered boxes from Japan

Thank you for reading this post.
If you have any questions about Jubako, Osechi ryori or washoku, feel free to ask us in the comment box below.

What is Eho-maki (Lucky Direction Sushi Roll) and why people eat it in silence on Setsubun (3 February) in Japan?

It’s Setsubun on 3 February each year in Japan.

“Setsubun (節分) is the day before the beginning of spring in Japan.” (From Wikipedia)

Setsubun is known for the special ritual called Mamemaki(bean throwing), but have you ever heard of Eho-maki?

It’s a sushi roll eaten facing that year’s Eho (lucky/good fortune direction) strangely in silence for good luck on Setsubun in Japan.
The Eho changes every year and the Eho for 2019 is east-northeast.

The following video “Lucky Eho Maki (Salmon Avocado Alasca Futomaki Sushi Roll) Recipe 福を呼ぶ恵方巻き レシピ” by ochikeron shows you how to make Eho-maki.
More about Eho-maki, ingredients and how to make directions can be found on the linked Youtube page.

I grew up in Hiroshima, and when I was little, I did Mamemaki (bean throwing and eating :)), but didn’t know about Eho-maki until I moved to Osaka for my university.

I was surprised (a bit shocked) when I first heard of the Eho-maki because a friend told me that her all family members would eat it in the same room, facing the same direction (the year’s Eho), in SILENCE!!!
Can you imagine that???

I think Eho-maki is now widely known regardless of the region in Japan.

Do you want to know how strange it is to eat Ehomaki in silence, and how it became widely known?

Check the following video How to Eat Eho-maki, Japan’s “Lucky Direction” Sushi Roll, and Get Rich! 恵方巻の正しい食べ方(英語版) by Japan Headlines.

I just also want to mention that Eho-maki food waste was on the news last year (2018).

‘Lucky direction’ sushi roll trend makes a wasteful winter’s end (THE ASAHI SHIMBUN on February 20, 2018)

I think it’s good to keep the tradition, but hope the food waste would be minimised this year.
Probably, one of the best solutions is to make your own Eho-maki as you need it!

Comparison of three different price level Sushi restaurants in Japan

Published on 30 Sep 2018

I haven’t been to any of the three sushi restaurants, so very much enjoyed watching this video.

Which restaurant are you most keen to try?

Revolving Sushi Bar Kurasushi
Ikebukuro Sunshine 60 street store
1-29-1, Higashiikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo Saint-Tropez Ikebukuro building 6F

Revolving Sushi Bar Kurasushi Homepage
Menu, Location Search for all Kurasushi branches in Japan etc.

Sushi Dokoro Shun Yushimamise (GURUNAVI -Japan Restaurant Guide)
1-13-6 Ueno, Taito, Tokyo
*One of the restaurant review site (not GURUNAVI) says it will be closed for good on 31 October 2018. Please check with the restaurant in advance if you are planning to visit there.

GINZA Kyubey
8-7-6 Ginza, Chuo City, Tokyo