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Crisp and Creamy Osaka-style Seafood Takoyaki

These takoyaki are crisp on the outside and creamy inside.
Try these famous Osaka treats!

Ingredients: 80 small balls or 70 large balls

Cooked octopus
350 to 400 g
Young green onions
1/2 bunch
Pickled red ginger
to taste
Tempura crumbs (Recipe ID: 1230862)
100 g
For the batter
Cake flour
350 g
Chicken stock (Recipe ID: 1024547)
1700 ml
Soy sauce
1 tablespoon
Sugar
2 teaspoons
Salt
1 teaspoon
Bonito flakes
1 tablespoon
Eggs
4
Powdered skim milk (or coffee creamer)
2 tablespoons
Baking powder
2 teaspoons (to add right before grilling)
For the sauce
Tonkatsu sauce and honey
blended at a 10:1 ratio
Toppings
Aonori and bonito flakes
to taste
Mixture of mayonnaise, milk, and unsweetened yogurt
blended at a 10:1:1 ratio

Steps

1. Here are the filling ingredients. Refer to Recipe ID: 1024547 for the chicken soup stock.
2. Chop the octopus into bite-sized chunks (about 1 to 1.5 cm cubes). They will shrink when cooked, so chop them larger than you think they need to be. Each piece should weight about 4 to 5 g.
3. Finely chop the green onion and finely mince the ginger.
4. This recipe uses an extravagant amount of chicken stock. It must be well chilled for use. Prepare it in advance and chill in the refrigerator.
5. Combine all of the powdered ingredients except for the baking powder, add the chicken stock and beaten egg and mix well. The egg should be thoroughly beaten so that the egg white is well incorporated.
6. Lumps in the batter will make it floury, so use a sieve to strain in the powdered ingredients. Let the batter sit for about 1 hour.
7. In order to grill with efficiency, set all the ingredients around the griddle, and heat the griddle at the highest setting.
8. Place your hand over the griddle to test the temperature, then coat with a generous amount of oil. Thoroughly mix the baking powder into the batter.
9. Pour the batter into the griddle. Sprinkle on the beni-shoga, green onions, and tempura crumbs. Fill the griddle full with the batter. The griddle should be turned up to the highest setting.
10. Fill any holes in the takoyaki with the surrounding batter cooked on the sides, and shape into round balls. The exterior should be browned to a crisp, and the insides should be steam cooked. Reduce to medium heat.
11. Takoyaki griddles for home use do not cook evenly, so I recommend shifting them around among different pockets until each of them are crisp and golden. The juice from the octopus will make the insides creamy.
12. When finished grilling, transfer to a serving dish, then carefully brush on the special sweet sauce.
13. Drizzle on mayonnaise, sprinkle with aonori seaweed and bonito flakes, then your amazing takoyaki are ready! Eat 'em up while they're hot!
14. I use this cheap plastic squeeze bottle container for the mayonnaise. Add milk and yogurt to your mayo for an even more delicious mixture (milk and yogurt should come out to about 10% of the resulting sauce).
15. Chicken soup stock Recipe ID: 1024547.
16. Homemade tempura crumbs are cheap and tasty to make Recipe ID: 1230862.

Story Behind this Recipe

It's alright not to completely wash your grill after you're done, a little grease will help you out when you make takoyaki again.