This dish is called ‘Ikayaki’ in Japanese. It’s a Squid version of ‘Takoyaki’, that is ball-shaped Japanese savoury cake and commonly filled with cooked Octopus. However, ‘Ikayaki’ is not ball-shaped. It’s a pancake and rather looks like ‘Okonomiyaki’. It is so easy to make. I like to add plenty of Spring Onion to the batter.
1 Squid Tube *about 150g Squid
1 tablespoon Oil
1 & 1/4 cups Water
1/2 teaspoon Dashi Powder *Bonito (Katsuobushi) Type recommended
1 cup Plain Flour
1/2 teaspoon Salt
2 to 3 Spring Onions *finely chopped, save some for topping
- You can use any parts of Squid. I usually use 1 Squid Tube. Slice or cut into the size that is easy to eat.
- Combine all the Batter ingredients in a bowl. Add squid and mix well. You can make 1 large pancake OR 2 pancakes.
- Heat Oil in a frying pan over medium heat, pour the batter and form a large pancake. Make a hole (OR 2 holes) in the pancake and place Egg(s) in the hole(s).
- When the edges are cook and the bottom is nicely browned, flip the pancake over. As the Egg is not yet cooked at this stage, it’s the easiest to use a large plate. Slide the pancake to the plate, carefully cover it with the hot frying pan, then flip over.
- Cook until both sides are nicely browned and Squid pieces are cooked. Transfer onto a serving plate and drizzle some ‘Okonomiyaki’ Sauce and Japanese Mayonnaise over, sprinkle with some chopped Spring Onion, and enjoy it hot.