Okonomiyaki? Itadakimasu!

220px-Tyochin-Okonomiyaki.JPG
japanese chefs.jpg
Source:shibuya246.com

In this session Motoko-san is showing us how to make Okonomiyaki. Okonomiyaki are a favourite and traditional food in Japan and

originated in Osaka. Okonomi is Japanese for "whatever you want" and yaki means "grilled"or "cooked". Okonomiyaki are like a savoury

pancake. The batter is filled with shredded cabbage (Motoko-san also added leeks and grated potatoes) and sometimes also meat and

seafood, then fried and covered in all kinds of tasty sauces and toppings. Oishii!

The Recipe...

Okonomiyaki

  • 1 cup flour

  • 2/3 cup water

  • 2 eggs

  • 4 cups cabbage/leek or both

  • Salt to season

You can also add:

  • bacon, mince or shrimps (pre cooked)

  • grated potato (to help the mixture bind)



P1320808.JPG

Sauce

  • 3 Tablespoons Tomato sauce

  • 1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

  • 1 Tablespoon Soy sauce

Toppings

  • Okonomi sauce

  • Aonori (seaweed flakes)

  • Katsuobushi (bonito flakes)

  • Kyuupi mayonnaise (optional)

Flour kona
Egg tamago
Water mizu

キャベツ
Cabbage - kyabetsu
おいしい
Delicious - oishii

Let's begin ...

P1320793.JPG

All the ingredients - some we've never tried before - dried bonito fish flakes, powdered seaweed....

P1320778.JPG

Washing our hands and the vegetables...

P1320777.JPG

Measuring out the kona...

P1320781.JPG

Gradually add the mizu to the kona and whisk together.

P1320784.JPG

Finely chop up the leeks and kyabetsu and grate the potatoes...

P1320787.JPG

When the kona and mizu mixture is smooth, add the tamago and whisk it all together....

P1320790.JPG

Add the potato, leek, kyabetsu, meat and seafood...

P1320796.JPG

Mix it well and season with salt...

P1320798.JPG

Pour the mixture into a hot frying pan....

P1320799.JPG

Cook for 10 minutes or until bubbles form in the batter.

P1320802.JPG

Flip the okonomiyaki over when the bubbles begin to pop, then cook the other side...

P1320803.JPG

Mix the sauces together to suit your taste. You need enough sauce to spread over the top....

P1320807.JPG

Swirl the sauce on top of the okonomiyaki and sprinkle on the fish flakes, dried seaweed and any

other toppings you fancy....

P1320810.JPG

Cut the okonomiyaki into wedges...

P1320821.JPG

Itadakimasu! Thank you Mother Nature and farmers

for this meal! (In Japan it is respectful to say Itadakimasu before eating a meal).

P1320814.JPG

Oishii!

P1320797.JPG

Some beautiful Japanese-style sweets to follow....

P1320824.JPG

Arigato, Motoko-san! We hope you like our gift!

More recipes here


Back to A Taste of Japan