2005 Feb 11
A while ago, our man in Osaka sent some super-secret videos of some takoyaki-making. I have decided to release them to the public. Press release to follow...
Seriously, my friend Matt shot some footage of a cook at a takoyaki stall in Osaka. Here you can see the skill required to make these delectable little snacks. Actually, their size is deceptive: they fill you up quite quickly. If you have never tried takoyaki before, you are really missing out. Maybe I can coax Mariko into breaking out the takoyaki pan this weekend... Anyways, without further ado, I present the five sacred videos (.avi format):
Takoyaki part one (7.8MB) Putting the pieces of tako (octopus) into the batter.
Takoyaki part two (2.8MB) Putting ten-kasu (tempura crumbs) into the takoyaki.
Takoyaki part three (8.4MB) Packing some of the finished takoyaki into containers/Turning the takoyaki over to ensure even cooking. (the difficult part, in my opinion) .
Takoyaki part four (7.9 MB) More turning of the takoyaki.
Takoyaki part five (3.9MB) And even more turning of the takoyaki. If you're not salivating by the time you reach this video, please check your pulse.
[videos © Copyright 2004 Matt Melton]
Sluggo: Now you've done it, Barron... I think I may have to break out my takoyaki pan this weekend and make some.
lord aDam: Was the takoyaki place near St. Marks Place in the East Village?? That was the first place I ever had takoyaki.
Nala: I love those videos.
sammee: OMG - i'm craving em! had some really good one a few months back in nyc. -- where can i get the pan though (T_T) ??? ahhh i luv em soo much!
aiai: hi, do you have a recipe for Takoyaki sauce anywhere in this site? if not, where can I get one. I want to make one not buy commercial ones.
Jojo Chico: hello friend,
Ghostcat: Thank you so much for the recipes and the vidéos!!
Takeshi: Matt san, you disappoint me sharing the secret art of takoyaki with the western world. If I was pleasent whist you were firming the art of takoyaki I would have taken it upon myself to behead you with vengeance! But I must admit that your takoyaki firming skills are quite good.
Jessica: Hi, I just recently got a takoyaki maker for Christmas from a friend and am looking forward to using it. My only problem is that all of the instructions are in Japanese. I have a metal mold (with little octopus shapes in it) a stick thing (I'm sorry... I have no idea what it would be called) and some type of brush thing. I was wondering if you knew anyway I could find out how to use it. I've been looking on the Internet, but I'm not finding much to help me.
Barron: The stick thing is used to turn the takoyaki as it cooks, so that it will cook on all sides. The brush is used to oil the pan.
tako: hi. where can i get a takoyaki pan in the NYC area? please help.
dhana: need help. i really love takoyaki and i started to learn how to make it. my only problem is how to make a takoyaki sauce. do you have a recipe for Takoyaki sauce anywhere in this site? if not, where can I get one. I want to make one not buy commercial ones.
javid: hi im wondering if there are any takoyaki makers available in the US. Where can i get one?
Barron: Thanks for the info Lindsey!
niki: i dont know how to make takoyaki
ranz: Hi guys, im from the philippines and im wondring if anyone of u here know wer can i find that takoyaki griddle here and sauce recipes pls... ty
choo: May I know whereabout can I buy the electrical takoyaki grills from?
Mare: I saw an electric one on eBay. It was kinda pricey with the shipping, but it makes 16 balls in one batch. I love takoyaki! We have a great izakaya here in Vancouver and they make them SO good! Now, I'm desperately looking for a takoyaki plate! I can only find octopus shaped molds and not the round ones. Any suggestions?
Barron: Hey everyone! I opened a Takoyaki Forum a little while back. If you have any questions, try posting there. I am hoping we can get lots more people going there and contributing so we can have a healthy Takoyaki community. :)