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Search did not show me much except that, as I expected, most takoyaki that anyone has been served here was frozen.

I only had it once, somewhere in Kearny Mesa, and it was definitely frozen.

The last mention was a few months ago, has anyone had any luck with takoyaki? Or should I try to make some in my cake pop maker?

Thanks in advance.

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  1. Raki Raki makes them fresh.

    Located in the same "plaza" as Tofu House.

    Takoyaki paahty.

    Wait, you OWN a cake pop maker? And I thought I had skeletons in *my* closet...

    But seriously, as long as the pan is as thick as a cast-iron pan it'll work. Aebleskiver pan.

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    1. re: SaltyRaisins

      Thank you! I'm so there :)

      I got the maker to do some girlish events (wedding showers, birthdays) as I couldn't bring myself to bake a cake and mash it with frosting.

      I'm not sure it'll get hot enough for takoyaki but it's worth a shot, I'll keep my eyeballs peeled at the Salvation Army for an aebleskiver pan.

      1. re: youareabunny

        Or you could buy the real deal at Mitsuwa marketplace.


    2. Electric Takoyaki pans are very common in Japan. Likely you could find them at Mitsuwa.

      1. Yu Me Ya has it.


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        1. re: JonDough

          I am no takoyaki expert, but Yu Me Ya's are very light, with a good proportion of diced octopus. Definitely not frozen.

          1. re: daantaat

            I've had the ones in Hillcrest and thought they were frozen. Haven't tried the ones in Encinitas.

            1. re: karaethon

              Encinitas didn't appear to be frozen.

        2. I won't claim to be an expert either, but Izakaya Masa and Yokohama Yakitori Kobou both have them.

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          1. re: Rodzilla

            Guess ill just hafto try all of them :). Thanks for the suggestions.

            1. re: Rodzilla

              Sadly, Masa's are frozen. They're kinda labor intensive if easy to make, so most izakaya places tend to"outsource."

              Good luck!

              1. re: SaltyRaisins

                any tricks for being able to tell the difference?

                1. re: Rodzilla

                  Not unlike the difference between a fresh made waffle and an Eggo. Textural, mainly, but also factory-uniform in shape and ingredient distribution. The real deal are often funny-looking.

                  That help?

                  1. re: SaltyRaisins

                    yep, thanks!

                    1. re: Rodzilla

                      or just that the octopus in the middle tastes frozen