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Dec 4, 2007 10:13 AM

[DFW] The Search for Takoyaki

So a simple search on these boards says that Sushiyama is the only place in town that serves takoyaki (and some contend these aren't that great). What are my other options? Are the frozen ones any good? Do the larger Asian markets carry frozen takoyaki or do I need to visit a specialty Japanese store (which ones?) Are there some brands that are better than others (if the stores carry more than one brand?) What kinds of condiments/sauces do I serve with these? Any specific brands you prefer that are available in the DFW area?

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  1. I had a friend make takoyaki at a party once and he topped it with takoyaki sauce and aonori (the green stuff you see on it). And based on preference, you could also choose to add okonomiyaki sauce, mayonnaise, or Worchestershire sauce.

    It didn't look very hard to make, but I think the hard part would be finding the takoyaki grill, as pictured here:
    Hopefully Asian markets around here will have the grill, otherwise you can just go online. Pretty messy but fun to make with a big group in a party.

    1. I personally think the takoyaki at Sushiyama is pretty good; but if you are interested in making your own here is one at Amazon:

      Regarding frozen ones, I haven't tried any - but I'd be willing to bet that Komart (in Irving) has some to try.

      1. My mother in Osaka (mecca of Takoyaki) now buys frozen ones and so does my Japanese friend in CA (from Kyoto, next to Osaka). They both claim the frozen ones taste good. I don't think frozen ones taste that good (still better than those served at the local Japanese festival!), but for the convenience, good enough??? Shop Minoya in Plano has frozen takoyaki. I saw it at Asia World before they moved to Plano and they probably still carry it.

        The sauce for takoyaki (or okonomiyaki) really depends on your personal preference. Our family used to mix tonkatsu sauce with ketchup and Worchestershire sauce. "Otafuku" sauce (from Hiroshima) is very popular and available at Shop Minoya and Seabose (possibly at Chinese and Korean stores as well--Vietnamese stores typically do not carry Japanese items). You'll probably have to find the kind or right mix you like. Whether it's takoyaki, okonomiyaki or yakisoba, the sauce can make it or break it!

        Also, you need "katsuobushi" (shaved drive bonito) besides "aonori".

        I've been meaning to have an okonomiyaki party (not takoyaki because I don't have a takoyaki grill) so when I do, I'll let you know :-)

        8 Replies
        1. re: kuidaore

          Thanks kuidaore. I admit I was hoping for your guidance on the subject :)

          I picked up a bottle of okonomi sauce from Seabose last night. Will stop by Shop Minoya and see if I can do with the frozen ones and try out some different sauce options.

          1. re: donnaaries

            So now you've piqued my interest, this just personal experimentation or are you scheming something? LOL

            1. re: guttural

              To satisfy personal curiosity. I saw the "No Reservations" episode about Osaka and was fascinated by the way they cook takoyaki tableside. The dumplings looked yummy! The only takoyaki I've had are the ones from the Japanese Fall festival which kuidaore says are no good. So I'm trying other options.

            2. re: donnaaries

              Yeah, you got the right sauce "Otafuku Okonomi Sauce."

              Takoyaki is supposed to look (messy) like this after all the toppings are placed.

              This is how it's made professionally (usually by street vendors).

              This is the home-style version.

              1. re: guttural

                That might work for "akashiyaki," which is a little bigger (and softer) than takoyaki. Akashiyaki has no toppings and you dip it in broth. Personally I like takoyaki a lot better.


                1. re: guttural

                  Korin has a takoyaki pan also (but they don't say if it's in stock)

                  1. re: gavlist

                    Didn't realize you guys are talking about pans until now. In Japan (or Osaka) people buy the whole grill, not just a pan (you are supposed to make takoyaki at the table, or no fun!) Too bad you can get one for less than $20 there. Maybe guttural will buy one while he's there?


                    When I was a kid, there was no electric one, only gas-operated ones, and also there was no round one, only square ones.

              2. Donna,

                Saw the same episode about a year ago and wonder the same. We asked our sushi chef at Oishii in Lewisville if he hard of them but he is Korean as are all of the chef at Oishii but he had never heard of them. Thanks to Kuidaore for the posts and the awesome Youtube vidoes. I especially liked the one with the Takoyaki song. Who knew fried octopus balls would have thier own song!!

                1. As a follow up to this old post, I did make my way out to Sushi Yama to try their takoyaki. Pretty decent (have nothing to compare them to since I've never been to Japan). I liked it better than the okonomiyaki which was completely drowned in okonomi sauce. kuidaore, agree with your previous posts on other threads that the $1 sushi is TINY!
                  For some photos of the messy takoyaki and okonomiyaki: