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    (originally posted by queuebert)

    I guess the Internet really does have a site for everything.

    I just got a takoyaki pan today. Downloaded a simple and straightforward enough recipe from the Internet and was actually able to cook something that had a taste ever so vaguely reminiscent of my takoyaki experience in Tokyo, so I think I'm on the right track. What it is not, however, is ball-like. Granted, I know a lot of this has to do with practice, but I'm not sure I'm going to get there from here without a pointer or two. To that end, I have a few questions to make sure I'm on the right track.

    It says to "oil the pan", but I don't know if that means a light brushing, or fill it to a quarter-inch, or any other possibilities. What do other people do?

    Do you use a high flame or a low flame while cooking?

    How long do you wait for the first attempted turning?

    Thank you!
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      CommentAuthorbarron
    • CommentTimeMay 1st 2009
     
    My wife says:

    "for takoyaki, you should just coat the pan, don't fill the oil. if it's an iron pan, heat up the pan nicely before you pour the batter I would say you keep the medium heat. Make sure the outside is solid enough to turn. As soon as you can actually flip over, you can try."

    Hope it turns out good! I am still practicing how to do it... Oh, usually you oil the pan with a big brush, but if you don't have one, just use a piece of paper towel that has some oil on it, and chopsticks if possible.
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    Kindly pass along my thanks to your wife, I will try her suggestions. :)
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      CommentAuthorbarron
    • CommentTimeMay 1st 2009
     
    I will. :)

    BTW, we just made takoyaki again last night. What I learned is that you need to turn the takoyaki when the outside is just solid enough to keep it together, but the inside is still runny. That way, when you rotate it upside-down, the batter can fill the pan again, making the bottom round as well. If you let the batter in the middle cook too much, it won't form a nice sphere when you turn it over.
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    (originally posted by grundy)

    I made takoyaki for the 1st time and half way through I thought it was just going to become a complete disaster.

    It ended up being not as bad as I thought it would be for my 1st time. But I don't have a normal takoyaki grill i have something similiar but it's not electric you put it on the stove and heat it up. My biggest problem was trying to cook it enough so the inside is cooked without burning the outside.

    Anyone know how hot the thing should be for cooking takoyaki?
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      CommentAuthorbarron
    • CommentTimeMay 1st 2009
     
    We have an electric takoyaki maker, so I am not sure how hot it is. But it should sizzle, but not too hot. They cook fast too, so don't cook too many at once if you can't keep up turning them. :D