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Nutrition Info: Calories in Takoyaki

Posted on | February 22, 2011 | No Comments

Preparing Takoyaki

Preparing Takoyaki

Takoyaki is a traditional Japanese cuisine that literally translates to “fried octopus balls”. It is claimed that the dish originates from Osaka, Japan and through popularity has reached other parts of Asia and eventually found notoriety in Western cuisine.

First a savory batter is made and poured into a specially crafted takoyaki pan that consists of deep half circles. The typical filling is diced or whole baby octopus, pickled ginger and green onions.  When made in restaurants or by store vendors you can observe them ‘flipping’ or turning the batter in the moulds with long skewers or chopsticks until a solid sphere of cooked dough is formed.  When served, it is often topped with flavours such as takoyaki sauce, mayonnaise, sesame, soy, bonito flakes among many.

Here is the nutrition information:

  • Calories in Takoyaki:  1 ball (40g)
  • Energy: 70 calories
  • Protein: 3 g
  • Carbs: 7 g
  • Fat: 4 g
Fried Octopus Balls

Fried Octopus Balls

The typical portion of Takoyaki is 6 fried balls!  That means, for only 240g of food you will consume 420 calories!  That’s quite alot of calories per gram.  The damage is done in the frying.  So much oil is used during preparation.  You can also add more calories and fat in the modern day sauces that are added such as mayonnaise (1 tablespoon mayo has approximately 80 calories) The filling and batter is not too bad, but it’s just the frying and high calorie toppings that make this such an unhealthy choice.

My advice is that if you are hungry, try to choose a more filling and low calorie option that is not fried from the food court.  It may be best to share this with friends instead.

Enjoy!

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