I have been to Japan many times now, and always without exception I end up in an izakaya having a couple of beers and eating some of these delicious ‘octopus balls’. Now ‘octopus balls’ as a description may not sound that appealing to many of you out there, but take my word for it these are one of the best beer snacks ever.
Takoyaki, along with its bigger, equally yummy sidekick okonomiyaki hail from the streets of Osaka the second biggest city in Japan and the capital of yummy fried batter based snacks. The recipe below will make the standard version of this popular street food. But if you get the chance to visit Osaka and walk down Dōtonbori (the main street) you will see all manner of variations include ones as big as baseballs.
Note: you will need a takoyaki pan to make this recipe; you can usually pick them up at your local Asian grocer or online.