Electric Takoyaki Grill

Bell
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I'm looking for a tabletop takoyaki grill that I can use in Europe (e.g. not the 110V kind) without needing a giant transformer that would probably cost more than the grill itself because of wattage consumption. Anybody has one just sitting around? Or indeed more preferable... any suggestions where I can get my sticky hands on one? Dying for some Takoyaki... and I can't get them readily here. The only one I've seen online is in the Japan Center in UK and that's a cast iron stovetop one which won't work without a gas stove anyway, since I have an electric hob, it's pretty useless... besides they're sold out at this time. I'm happy to pay shipping for a decent one...

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Loretta
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Re: Electric Takoyaki Grill

I've never seen one in Europe and I was given a cast iron version as a wedding present so have never needed to search for one.

If I were to look I'd investigate the Danish market and hunt out an Æbleskiver maker. These are the closest European food I've seen to Takoyaki.
Try entering elektriske æbleskivepande into a search engine.

bronwyncarlisle
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Re: Electric Takoyaki Grill

Good idea Loretta! I have cast iron aebleskiver, takoyaki, and poffertjes pans, and round (and long) gem irons. Don't ask me why, I seem to collect the things. The aebleskiver pan has larger holes than the takoyaki one, but apart from that they're pretty much the same. The round gem iron holes are identical to the takoyaki ones, but I've never heard of an electric gem iron.

You can compare them here: http://bronwyncarlisle.blogspot.com/2010/07/new-toys.html

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dryrain
Re: Electric Takoyaki Grill

I have never seen them in Europe either but I was looking at getting a transformer to run it off UK mains and they were only less than 10 euros. The transformers are only small and plug directly into the mains hardly any bugger than a normal plug. I have the same problem and have electric hobs. So a solution to that would be a gas camping stove they are cheap to pick up usually around 10 euros and they are portable so you can use it at your table. Plus if you also get a round grill pan for it you can cook korean BBQ style at your table which is a lot of fun. Good look with your Takoyaki adventure. I first had them in China and fell in love with them. So simple yet so tasty.

Loretta
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Re: Electric Takoyaki Grill
dryrain wrote:

I have never seen them in Europe either but I was looking at getting a transformer to run it off UK mains and they were only less than 10 euros. The transformers are only small and plug directly into the mains hardly any bugger than a normal plug.

Whilst you can run an alarm clock or some other gadget with a small wattage with this sort of small cheap transformer, forget it for the more power hungry appliances. For instance, these are no good for hair dryers, toasters or kettles.
The best thing to do is to find out what the wattage is on your chosen appliance and speak to an electrical store and get prices on step down transformers - specifically a 240V (check your country's standard mains voltage) to 100V. Anything that can handle large wattage, lets say above 100watts will cost you more than you probably want to pay (Also a takoyaki grill will very likely run very high wattage, way above 100W). Also stick to 100V for Japanese stuff, you can get 240V-110V but these are mainly for American appliances and although the extra 10V won't kill your appliance, it will put it under strain and you may see degradation in performance. Most Japanese stuff is rated to work to about 110V but this is their limit.

On the other hand, the idea about getting a tabletop gas burner is an excellent idea and could be the most economic solution -Do check the gas intake nozzle as it might use a non European standard fitting, in other words, check the cheap gas burner actually uses gas bottles/refills that are locally and cheaply available.

bronwyncarlisle
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Re: Electric Takoyaki Grill

Camping burners like the ones at http://www.vtarmynavy.com/propane-gas-stove.htm? I reckon they'd do. And I should think the connectors will be standard - the shop will sell you the gas bottles anyway.

Balifly
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Re: Electric Takoyaki Grill

Try a gas burner.

A lot of the local restaurants use this type of burners.

We us them for cooking sukiyaki, and shabu shabu at home.

The left overs are great for the bento , though it can be a bit messy. (-_-)

The burners are good for backup during power outages too.

http://www.amazon.com/Portable-Butane-Stove-Camping-Burner/dp/B000RA8V1S...

http://www.amazon.com/Portable-Stove-List-Free-Case/dp/B001TF8UY8/ref=pd...

bronwyncarlisle
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Re: Electric Takoyaki Grill

A gas burner is also a good thing to have in case of power outages if your stove is electric. I have a gas cooktop, but have a single induction hob for just in case the gas runs out unexpectedly. As it did once when my house-sitter changed the bottles when I was away and didn't tell me - so the next time a bottle ran out I had no gas at all. Of course it's also good if I'm having a dinner party for lots of people.

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