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Octopus Delight: Crispy Takoyaki Balls with Spicy Aioli Drizzle


About the Dish:

Takoyaki is a popular Japanese dish typically made with a wheat flour-based batter filled with octopus, green onions, and pickled ginger. It is cooked in a special takoyaki pan, which has several semi-spherical molds. The dish is usually topped with takoyaki sauce, mayonnaise, bonito flakes, and seaweed flakes. Takoyaki is known for its crispy exterior and soft, savory filling. It is often enjoyed as a street food in Japan and has gained popularity worldwide.

Nutrition Information:

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Ingredient Quantity
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 tablespoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups dashi stock
2 large eggs
1/2 cup cooked octopus, diced
2 green onions, chopped
1/4 cup pickled ginger, chopped
Takoyaki sauce
Bonito flakes
Seaweed flakes

Cooking Instructions:

  • Step 1: In a large bowl, whisk together the all-purpose flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt.
  • Step 2: Gradually add the dashi stock to the flour mixture and whisk until smooth.
  • Step 3: Beat the eggs in a separate bowl and then add them to the batter, mixing well.
  • Step 4: Heat a takoyaki pan over medium heat and lightly grease the molds with oil.
  • Step 5: Pour the batter into each mold and add a piece of octopus, some chopped green onions, and pickled ginger into each mold.
  • Step 6: Cook the takoyaki for a few minutes, using a skewer to rotate them and form a round shape.
  • Step 7: Once the takoyaki are golden brown and crispy on the outside, remove them from the pan and transfer to a serving plate.
  • Step 8: Drizzle takoyaki sauce and mayonnaise over the takoyaki, and sprinkle bonito flakes and seaweed flakes on top.
  • Step 9: Serve hot and enjoy your homemade takoyaki!

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