Posts Tagged ‘japanese’

Making takoyaki

Was making takoyaki so decided to take my iPad2 with me for entertainment while cooking but then decided to take photos and then turn this into a how-to! So excuse the quality of the iPad camera haha

Updated with better quality photo taken from May 2010 XD ! 1 year ago ~deja vu anyone?


  • octopus ie tako
  • 100 grams takoyaki mix
  • 340 ml water (1.5 cups)
  • 1 medium sized egg
  • spring/green onion chopped – white, light green part is best
  • pickled ginger finely sliced
  • okonomiyaki sauce
  • kewpie mayonnaise (Japanese mayo)
  • bonito flakes/katsuobushi (optional)
  • dried seaweed flakes/aonori (optional)

The ingredients! Prepared ready to be put together..

Measure out 100 grams of takoyaki flour mix (hehe 2gm over oops!) Its possible to make yourself if you googled but just easier to buy from Asian supermarket

Add the egg! I do this first because when you add it later (after the water) the yolk tends to float on top lol learning from my mistakes!

After adding the egg add a small amount of the water till the consistency is smooth

Add the rest of the water, it should bubble slightly but is liquidy with no lumps hopefully!!

Takoyaki plate or a Dutch pancake maker! just used in a different way! Mum bought this at Kmart for around $20~ I think you can find it on eBay too.. I slightly greased it with cooking oil spray but it’s probably not necessary because the pan is non stick

Need to get these ready to go in.. so make sure they are cut up before hand. If your wondering why the tako is so small it’s because I used baby octopus because it’s cheaper!! If you buy the big tentacles I think it cost 4x as much $_$ probably tastier and chewier ?

Wait till the pan is hot (don’t touch it lol!) then fill the holes with the mix it’s okay if it overflows- it’s actually better because it means they will turn into full spheres/balls rather than half filled deflated ones hehe

Add the boiled tako, chopped up pickled ginger and spring onion evenly in each of the holes. If you wanted to be technical the ratio should be 5:1:3 lol too much ginger overwhelms the taste of the tako as I have also learnt hahaha

It’s cooking!! So wait until the bottom is cooked or the excess round it looks it’s a bit brown or crisp..

..and use a wooden pick/skewer to separate the overflowing bits on top and shove the excess on top or into the holes. If it’s cooked properly on the bottom then poke through and spin/turn it to the side so the liquidy inside spills into the rest of the hole to cook so it will turn into a 3/4 filled sphere. If it’s cooked properly it will turn easily if it’s still sticking or your pick slices straight through be more patient!!

Almost there! Wait for that bit to turn crispy and continue flipping it over again to make a full sphere

Should look something like this! You should be able to easily spin it around in the pan with the pick to see if it’s cooked all round. If you like it crispy/ burnt on the outside leave it awhile longer but I’d turn off the power and use the left over heat

Toppings! Okonomiyaki sauce (the salty) and kewpie mayo (the sweet) in any order and however much suits your taste

The final nom nom result! Topped with sauce then spring onion, bonito flakes and finally seaweed flakes! The inside should be semi solid and scalding hot but it’s best eaten that way hehe so be careful on your first bite!

>< the last photo doesn’t make it look that great~ will post a nicer photo later! ((UPDATED 24th May – SEE above!! ugh disliking ipad camera T_T))

Blogged completely from my iPad 2 ^^*

PS I felt this picture was appropriate lolol


Am I Prettia?

Hehe, like my title? I dyed my hair last Wednesday with Kao Prettia Marshmellow Brown (Japanese hair dye I bought this at MyCube shop @Sunnybank – cool shop btw)

I wanted to try this one because its a BUBBLE foam dye (tee hee hee coz bubbles are fun!)  instead of the traditional cream type dyes so its much much much easier to apply – its like applying mousse to your hair.. I usually get my brother to help me but this time I was able to do it on my own YAY!

So heres the box / colour chart / how to apply