Monday, October 25, 2010

Takoyaki Party & Clover Bracelet! Halloweeeeeeeen!

Went to my first takoyaki party Saturday night!
We gathered at Brian's co-worker's place to make tonsssssss of takoyaki. According to wiki....
Takoyaki (たこ焼き or 蛸焼?) (literally fried or grilled octopus) is a popular Japanese dumpling made of batter, diced or whole baby octopus,tempura scraps (tenkasu), pickled ginger, and green onion, topped with okonomiyaki sauce, ponzumayonnaise, green laver (aonori), andkatsuobushi (fish shavings), first popularized in Osaka where a street vendor named Endo Tomekichi is credited with its invention in 1935 [

Keith lived in Japan for a while, and he has a takoyaki pan! It's basically a coil-heated "pad" on the bottom, with a many-half-circles-mold pan stuck on it.

First, you oil the pan:

Pour the takoyaki batter into the pan:

Add whatever filling you'd like:

I'm the one in black, on the left of the photo with both my hands spreading green onions over the pan, lol

We used a variety of filling including: green onions, tako (octopus), sausage, shrimp yum yum yum

Then you wait...

For the batter to cook and solidify a little..

Before you start forming the balls! You take the sticks and basically swirl it around the circle shape and "flip" the balls over to cook on the other side:

The heat coil wasn't even on all sides, so we ended up with beautiful takoyakis and .... ugly ones on the corners, lol.

But overall, it was delicious and we really started to get the hang of it after the first batch!

I think I had at least 20 takoyakis that night. I'm not craving any more, but I do want to get a pan now, lol.
If you want to find out more about takoyaki, try youtubing! You can see pros on the streets of Japans flipping these like mad! It's very cool to watch :D

And here'a clover bracelet, the one I briefly mentioned last post =)

These are the last of my crown toggle clasps-- so if you want em, get em now, cause I probably won't be getting any more for quite a while.

I also made on in Crystal AB:

...... but I lost it somewhere......... I was wearing it out and I was putting layers of clothing on and off, it got lost in the madness.

I GOT MY COSTUME! YAEAHAHAH! I'm in class so I can't take a photo, but I'll show you later =)

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- Lisa



London's-beauty said...

oh dammm YUMYUMMM looks so good- ill never be able to make that!!
Me <3 the simple bracelet =))

InsideOut Elle said...

ahh the takoyaki balls look so good :D They look like a lot of fun to make ^^

Kittin said...

yum i ate that at hong kong before. it wasn't as traditional as the ones in japan but deff good =D
halloween! =D hopefully have fun dressing up and partying!

Erin said...

im not really into seafood, but those look really interesting!

and the bracelets are beautiful as always!

xoladiihoneyxo said...

love love love the bracelets! My mom uses something similar to that but it's different batter, I think... it's almost like the Vietnamese banh xeo but the shrimps and meat are chopped up (no octopus used)... and I guess different sauces to your likings.

MeiBelle said...

You have such lovely food porn and jewelry porn. Nom nom nom to both!

Tammy said...

Ahhh I love takoyaki balls! I could eat at least 6 of them hahahha I rovvv

The Little Dust Princess said...

They look DELICIOUS. You're making me hungry. LOL

Pretty bracelets btw. : )

xx The Little Dust Princess

Saving Capulet said...

oh we have tokoyaki booths here! i never paid any attention to them, but this made me crave for it!

izumi said...

YUMMMMMM! i feel the need to have a midnight snack now D:

Calia Yang said...

takoyaki!!! so yummy!!! I need to find one of those so I can make some takoyaki!! eheheh

missy joey said...

I have seen similar takoyaki grills in Chinatown & Flushing (NY) but was wary of them.

Looks like they make great takoyaki, will look into them.

And love the new pieces Lisa

Amanda said...

Takoyaki is oishi! I've never made it on my own looks like a lot of hard work but I'm sure it was worth it in the end!

Marie. said...

I've made those on my Tamagotchi DS game lol. They look delicious. I'm hoping to try some soon. I just have no idea where anyone sells it!