ah, yes, the infamous takoyaki party at the hashi house.
for my last supper at home before leaving tomorrow, we decided to eat the traditional osaka dinner of takoyaki. "what is this facinating thing called 'takoyaki,'" you ask?
octopus pancake balls. but in tonights case, we used squid because it was cheaper.
basically, you make a pancake like batter with a watery consistency and fill the half spherical hot plate or grill plate with it. add small pieces of tako or ika (squid) with a few garnishes and voila! you have your very own home-made takoyaki! we filled ours with ika, beni shoga (pickled ginger), tenkasu (tempura bits), and green onions. some even choose to fill them with cheese. but we won't go there.
after they have mostly cooked, you take a thin wooden skewer and flip em'. keep flippin' until you get a beautifully golden sphere. when they have cooked, top it with okomiyaki sauce (japanese style bbq sauce), mayo, katsuobushi (dried bonito flakes) and aonori (tiny dried seaweed flakes). grab some chopsticks and go to town.
warning: these babies are HOT! as much as you want to just pop em' in your mouth right after you get it all ready, they will burn! patience is key.
p.s. if you are wondering where to get your very own hotplate, i think you can get one at your local japanese market for around $60. this one came from japan. they also have grill plates that you can throw on the stove for much cheaper.