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Okonomiyaki

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Okonomiyaki is known as a kind of Japanese-style pancake. There are a variety of ingredients and toppings for okonomiyaki. This is a recipe to make Osaka-style okonomiyaki.

The dish can vary depending on what region of Japan it’s made in, but it can be found almost anywhere in Japan. Perhaps the most common version is Oasaka-style okonomiyaki, which is also known as the Kansai-style. The other most widely known version is the Hiroshima-style. The name comes from the Japanese words okonomi, which loosely translated means “favorite,” and yaki meaning “grilled.”

Yield: Makes 4-6 sheets

Ingredients:

  • 2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 1/4 cup dashi soup stock or water
  • 4-6 eggs
  • 1 - 1 1/2 lb cabbage, finely chopped
  • 4-6 Tbsp chopped green onion
  • 1/2-3/4 cup tenkasu (tempura flakes)
  • 12-18 strips of thinly sliced pork or beef
  • vegetable oil
  • For toppings:
  • ao-nori (dried seaweed powder)
  • okonomiyaki sauce
  • mayonnaise
  • katsuobushi (dried bonito flakes) *optional
  • beni-shoga (pickled red ginger) *optional

Preparation:

Put flour in a large bowl. Pour dashi and mix to make batter. Rest the batter for about an hour in the refrigerator. To make one sheet of okonimiyaki, take out about 1/2 cup of the batter in another bowl. Mix about 1/4 lb of chopped cabbage, about 1 Tbsp of chopped green onion, and about 2 Tbsp of tempura flakes in the batter. Add an egg in the batter and stir. Heat an electric pan or skillet and oil lightly. Pour the batter in the pan and make a round shape. Cook for about 5-7 minutes. Meanwhile, fry a couple slices of meat on the side and place the meat on top of the okonomiyaki. Flip the okonomiyaki and cook for about 5 minutes or until cooked through. Flip the okonomiyaki again and spread okonomiyaki sauce and mayonnaise on top. Sprinkle aonori over the sauce. Sprinkle katsuobushi and beni-shoga if you would like.

User Reviews

 5 out of 5
Excellent - Will Please Japanese and Gaijin Friend, Member brettjcav

I live in Japan and I just made this recipe for 2 Canadians, a Mexican, and a Japanese friend. Everybody loved it! I was worried my Japanese friend might find it weird, as I added sauteed mushrooms and bell peppers in with the pork, but she thought it tasted exactly the same as traditional Osaka Okonomiyaki, just with more vegetables. And more vegetables are always a good thing. Especially if they are smothered in sweet sweet Okonomiyaki sauce. Try this recipe out. It's fun to make and authentically Japanese.

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