A pan with hemisphere molds is the type of cookware used to make takoyaki.
For Osakan people, owning a takoyaki pan is a must.
Osakans develop an outstanding skill in cooking takoyaki before becoming adults, as they go through a number of Tako Pa (Takoyaki party) since when they are little.
A takoyaki pan
Tako Pa is a common type of food party held at home, especially in Kansai area, where Osaka is located. Friends, family, or colleagues gather at someone’s house to cook and eat takoyaki.
The three good things about Tako Pa are:
Takoyaki is a ball-shaped snack made of wheat flour-based batter and contains a dice of たこ (tako, octopus). The ball shape is made by turning the batter into the hemisphere molds using a fine skewer, which requires a bit of skill.
Find out how to make takoyaki in our Cooking with Luna series.
Takoyaki is the most iconic food of Osaka. It was born in Osaka, is loved by Osakan people, and there is an uncountable number of street stalls that are specialized in selling it.
Takoyaki is also a very popular festival food
When friends get together to throw a Tako Pa, it’s very likely that they want to make it much more fun and exciting by putting some unusual ingredients instead of octopus.
Since you can’t see what’s inside and it’s possible to eat it in one mouthful, takoyaki is a perfect food to play Russian Roulette with!
What ingredients to put inside? It's entirely up to you!
So here are our top picks of not-too-disgusting-but-fun things to put in takoyaki, plus some ingredients we really wouldn't recommend.
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The worst of worst foods to put in your takoyaki. Please don’t try!
Imagine gummy bears melting in a takoyaki...No thank you!
You might have realised that if you don’t use tako (octopus), the dish is, in fact, no longer takoyaki!
However, this doesn't stop Japanese people still calling it a 'Takoyaki Party'!
What will you add to your takoyaki at your Tako Pa this holiday season.