Mrs Game Fugu gave a Takoyaki pan to me for Christmas, which we recently unpacked and used when some friends joined us. Takoyaki is originally from Osaka, and is made by grilling chopped octopus in batter with green onion. When the octopus balls are cooked, they taste great covered in okonomiyaki sauce.
They are the perfect party food, because everyone is involved in making them. We all gathered around the table and used a gas stove to heat the pan. Then, each of us had a different responsibility:
- Pouring the batter;
- Adding the chopped octopus;
- Adding the green onion;
- Adding the tempura scraps;
- Rolling the ball of batter as it cooks to stop it burning;
- Keeping everybody's beer glasses full!
One other thing that helped us have a great time was the star of the evening. Mrs Game Fugu ordered a whole fresh octopus, and it was huge!