Pinoy Style Takoyaki

Takoyaki is a ball-shaped Japanese snack made of a wheat flour-based batter and cooked in a molded pan. Takoyaki is typically filled with minced or diced octopus, cabbage, tempura scraps, and green onion. Then sprinkled with pork floss and katsuobushi (dried bonito flakes). But our version of this recipe does not include dried octopus.

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  • 4 cups of all purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons of dashi powder
  • 4 teaspoons of baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1.5 liters of water
  • 100 ml milk
  • 4 eggs

Homemade sauce:

  • 1/2 cup of tomato ketchup
  • 1/2 cup of oyster sauce
  • 1/4 cup of worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 cup of honey
  • 1/8 teaspoon of garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon of sugar (optional)


  • Cabbage
  • Spring onions


  • Kewpie Japanese mayo
  • Pork Floss



  1. Combine the 4 cups of flour, salt, dashi and baking powder in a mixing bowl.
  2. Stir until well blended.
  3. Now add the water to the bowl, followed by the milk.
  4. Mix again to combine the dry and wet ingredients.
  5. When there is no lumps, the batter is ready.
  6. Set it aside.

Homemade Sauce:

  1. Add all the sauce ingredients in a saucepan, one by one.
  2. Stir until well blended.
  3. Put the sauce pan over medium heat.
  4. Bring this mixture to a boil, then turn the heat off so it begins to simmer.
  5. Continue to stir as it simmers and cools.
  6. Set it aside.

Cooking Instructions:

  1. Apply a generous amount of cooking oil in each hole of the takoyaki pan (1/4 inch).
  2. Put the pan over medium-high heat.
  3. When the cooking oil begins to smoke, carefully pour the batter into each hole filling it halfway.
  4. Now fill remaining space in the holes with chopped cabbage and spring onions.
  5. Let the takoyaki balls cook like this until the bottom is crispy, 1-2 minutes.
  6. Using chopsticks or skewers, carefully turn all the balls 90 degrees so that there is a little space in the holes again.
  7. Pour more batter into the holes and let this cook again for another minute.
  8. Turn the balls a little more so that any space left in the balls can be filled in the same way as in the previous steps. This will help make a perfectly round shaped takoyaki balls.
  9. Once the takoyaki balls are in a ball shape and they're evenly browned on all sides, they are done.
  10. Remove the balls from the pan as each one finishes.
  11. Once they're all cooked, place the takoyaki balls on a serving dish and drizzle them with the homemade takoyaki sauce and kewpie mayo then sprinkle a bit of pork floss on top.
  12. Enjoy!


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