Takoyaki is a combination of the words tako (octopus), and yaku (grill). I’m not a big octopus fan, and really can’t deal with it raw, but the tako in takoyaki is but a small part of its battery goodness.
The batter next to a takoyaki pan, an electric griddle with round indentations. Grease the bottom a tiny bit, pour in the batter, and when the time’s right, use chopsticks to flip the ball over and finish it.
Somebody brought delicious apple pie, but there wasn’t enough for everyone, so we hid in the bathroom and had a secret, exclusive pie-eating party.
You get used to the “V for victory” sign when you live here. Maybe too used to it; I hope I can kick the habit before I get back to the states. Crap, I totally forget what westerners do with their hands in photos.
Drinking on the trains is A-ok.
Alia on the right, maybe the coolest girl in the whole wide world. She’s from my school in the states, and we’re trying to hunt down next year’s housing right now. I really like the expression of the Japanese girl off to her right; it’s a pretty classic “wtf are these gaijin up to?” look.
Want to make some Takoyaki yourself?
“Takoyaki” (from About.com)
Tako means octopus in Japanese, and takoyaki are known as octopus balls. Takoyaki venders are very popular in Japan. To make takoyaki, a grill pan for takoyaki is used. The pan has many small cups to pour the batter.
* 1 2/3 cup flour * 2 1/2 cup dashi soup * 2 eggs * 1/2 lb. boiled octopus, cut into bite-size pieces * 1/4 cup chopped green onion * 1/4 cup dried sakura ebi (red shrimp) * 1/4 cup chopped pickled red ginger * *For toppings: * katsuobushi (dried bonito flakes) * aonori (green seaweed powder) * Worcestershire sauce or takoyaki sauce * mayonnaise
Mix flour, dashi soup, and eggs in a bowl to make batter. Thickness of the batter should be like potage soup. Put oil inside cups of a takoyaki grill pan. Pour batter into the cups to the full. Put octopus, red ginger, and green onion in each hole. Grill takoyaki balls, turning with a pick. When takoyaki become rounds and brown, remove them from the pan and place in a plate. Put sauce and mayonnaise on takoyaki and sprinkle bonito flakes and aonori on the top.
*makes 4 servings