Osaka style Okonomiyaki is an iconic Japanese street food. A delicious savory pancake topped with a rich sauce, mayonnaise and other various toppings. Not only does it taste great, but it's also easy to make from scratch at home!
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What is Okonomiyaki?
Okonomiyaki （お好み焼き）is a savory pancake type dish made with a batter and filled with meat and vegetables. It's usually topped with a delicious fruity okonomiyaki sauce and drizzled with Japanese mayonnaise.
It is mostly popular in Osaka and Hiroshima and they are always arguing which one is authentic or better.
There's no compromise in this argument, after all, "okonomi" means "as you like". It depends on your own preference!
Osaka style Okonomiyaki vs Hiroshima style Okonomiyaki
The main difference between Osaka-style Okonomiyaki and Hiroshima-style Okonomiyaki are
- Osaka-style: Ingredients are mixed beforehand, meat and cabbage are the main ingredients, sauce is more savory
- Hiroshima-style: Ingredients are added one by one, it includes egg noodles and the sauce is sweeter
Well, there's no deciding which is better for outsiders like me (I'm from Aichi so I don't need to be loyal), thank god I can appreciate both of them!
One of the beauties of Japanese food is that each region has different dishes and unique styles of food. So if the battle between Osaka and Hiroshima goes on forever, that's fine with a foodie like me! They're both beautiful!
I'm sorry to the people of Hiroshima, but today I'm going to write a recipe for Osaka (Kansai) style Okonomiyaki.
Simply because it's easier to explain, so please don't mind me.
As I mentioned earlier, Okonomi（お好み）means "anything as you wish" so you can put anything you like in there.
Okonomiyaki batter is made with weak flour and dashi. There is also special "okonomiyaki flour" that already contains dashi which saves time.
The most basic one mainly contains pork and cabbage but lots of restaurants have interesting twists.
You can buy an Okonomiyaki kit on Amazon that contains Okonomiyaki flour, aonori, tenkasu (tempura crumbs) and sticky potato "yam powder" which enhances flavour and texture. This kit is great for making authentic Japanese okonomiyaki.
Here are a few ideas for ingredients you can add to okonomiyaki!
- Mochi (Rice cake)
- Sweet corn
- Tenkasu (deep fried batter crumbs)
- Sakura ebi (tiny dried shrimps)
- Snacks like potato chips or nuts
- Avocado...the list goes on
Because you can add anything you like, you can also take out the meat and make it vegetarian. Don't feel like you have to stick to the recipe, you can be creative and liberate yourself!
Meanwhile, I will tell you the basic recipe, enjoy.
It uses fair amount of oil, pork belly, mayonnaise...etc so it's not a healthy dish but according to Japanese okonomiyaki association, it's a nutritionally well balanced dish.
It's not necessary to use special okonomiyaki flour, but if you can get it then you don't have to use dashi so it makes things a bit easier.
In my recipe I use Worcester Sauce, ketchup, honey and soy sauce.
In Japanese homes, we usually use store bought sauce.