Recreate The All Time Favourite Takoyaki At Home Without Using The Special Pan

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How are you holding up Foodies? Without our weekly Pasar Malam, we can hardly find takoyaki stalls anymore. Sometimes we would hesitate to buy because the price can get a little bit unreasonable. So why not try cooking it ourselves for a change. Get a bigger portion at a lesser cost. Loved by everyone, you can definitely share the little spheres of savoury joy with your beloved ones and neighbours.

No Special Pan or Special Skills Needed

Let’s admit it, Takoyaki ranks quite high in Malaysia’s most beloved street food list. Pop one in your mouth and the savoury, chewy yet slightly runny texture will greet your palate ferociously. Nothing beats the experience especially when your chef is good at performing ninja stunts while cooking. Traditionally, the Japanese will use octopus as fillings. However, we can definitely get creative and use sausages, crabstick or chicken instead.

 no pan takoyaki
Photo: @cookpad

Do know that some of these ingredients are hard to find. However, we can definitely substitute them with something else or skip it entirely.



  • 2 Cups of Flour
  • 1 Cup of Boiling Hot Water
  • 1 Egg
  • 2 Tbsp of Cooking Oil
  • 1 Tbsp of Chicken Stock Powder
  • 1 1/2 Cups of Finely Chopped Cabbage
  • 1 Stalk of Scallion (Finely julienned)
  • 1 Red Chili (Finely julienned)


Boiled chicken, prawn, octopus, sausages or crabstick. (Cut into cubes)


  • Japanese Mayonnaise (Your usual Mayonnaise is also acceptable)
  • Aonori/Seaweed powder (Optional)
  • Fish Flakes/Bonite Flakes (Optional)
  • Takoyaki Sauce (Recipes Below)

Takoyaki Sauce (Version 1)

  • 1 Cup of Wostershire Sauce
  • 1 Tbsp of Corn Flour (Dissolved in water)
  • 1 Tbsp of Thick Soy Sauce

Takoyaki Sauce (Version 2)

  • 1 Clove of Garlic (Finely chopped)
  • 1/2 Cup of Oyster SAuce
  • 1/2 Cup of Tomato Sauce
  • 4 Tbsp of Sugar
  • 1 Cup of Water
  • 1 Tbsp of Corn Flour (Dissolved in water)

Steps To Make The Takoyaki Balls:

Step 1: Mix all of the batter ingredients (except the hot water, cabbage and scallion) in a bowl. When the ingredients are well combined, pour in the hot water and mix the batter until it is slightly warm. Add in the chopped cabbage, scallion, and fillings into the bowl and mix it with hand. If the batter feels slightly firm, add in a little bit of water.

no pan takoyaki
Photo: @cookpad

Step 2: Next, take a portion of the batter and form a ball with your hand. Repeat this process until you run out of batter.

no pan takoyaki
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Step 3: Heat cooking oil in a pan. After that, fry your takoyaki balls in the hot oil as usual and take them out once it is golden yellow.

no pan takoyaki
Photo: @cookpad
no pan takoyaki
Photo: @cookpad

Step 4: Place them in a plate and garnish.

no pan takoyaki
Photo: @cookpad

Steps To Make Takoyaki Sauce:

Step 1: Add all of the ingredients in a pot (except the cornflour mixture) and put it to boil.

no pan takoyaki
Photo: @cookpad

Step 2: Next, pour in the cornflour mixture and stir until it thickens. Turn off the heat and serve.

no pan takoyaki
Photo: @cookpad

A Children Friendly Recipe!

no pan takoyaki
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The steps are fairly easy to follow and you can definitely include this recipe in a parent-child bonding session. By the end of it, you will have a mountain of homemade Takoyaki balls that will please your eyes and hunger.

Also Read: Oreo Ice Cream Roll: Create Your Own Oreo Ice Cream Sandwich At Home With 4 Ingredients

This recipe is by @Aznie Khasri (cookpad) 

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