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Our Family's Osaka-Style Takoyaki with Creamy Insides

Our Family's Osaka-Style Takoyaki with Creamy Insides

This is the recipe for takoyaki that my family has decided is the best. I aimed to recreate the takoyaki we always have at a very popular restaurant in Osaka whenever we go there.

Ingredients: 42 takoyaki - 2 to 3 servings

For the batter:
Dashi stock (made with plenty of bonito flakes and kombu seaweed)
700 ml
Eggs
2
Usukuchi soy sauce
1 teaspoon
Salt
1/3 teaspoon
Cake flour
160 g
Additions:
Octopus (boiled)
about 120 g
Tempura crumbs
about 2 tablespoons
Green onions
3 to 4
Red pickled ginger
about 10 g
Toppings:
Takoyaki sauce
To taste
Aonori
To taste
Bonito flakes
To taste
Mayonnaise
To taste

Steps

1. Make a very rich deep dashi stock using bonito flakes and kombu (use 1.5 times the amount of bonito flakes and kombu that you normally use for making dashi stock for 1 liter of water.)
2. Add the eggs to 700 ml of dashi stock and mix well. Add the soy sauce, salt and cake flour and mix so that there are no lumps. Chill the batter in the refrigerator.
3. Chop the octopus into 42 pieces. Chop the green onion and red pickled ginger. If there are any big tempura crumbs, crush them. Prepare the oil.
4. Heat up a takoyaki grill to about 230-250°C. Generously grease the wells and fill them about 80% with batter. Add the octopus and other chopped ingredients.
5. Pour in more batter so that each indent is overflowing. Cook while pushing the batter into the wells, and turn frequently to cook the takoyaki.
6. When the surface is crispy and the inside light and fluffy it's done. Transfer to serving plate, add the toppings of your choice and enjoy while piping hot!
7. You can use the leftover dashi stock seasoned with a little light soy sauce and salt as a dipping sauce too.

Story Behind this Recipe

My husband is from the Kansai region and just loves takoyaki. I tried several times to recreate the ones we've had at a certain restaurant in Osaka, and after many experiments and frequent trips there to analyze their takoyaki, we came up with this recipe.
The flavor of the dashi stock really comes through, and the insides are creamy. I was finally able to create our ideal takoyaki bites!