Today’s recipe is Okonomiyaki, a classic Japanese street food!
What is Okonomiyaki?
Okonomiyaki 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 mayonnaise.
Okonomiyaki（お好み焼き）is mostly popular in Osaka and Hiroshima and they are always arguing which one is authentic and better.
There’s no compromise in this argument.
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, includes egg noodles, 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 from scratch.
Simply because it’s easier to explain, so please don’t mind me.
Ingredients for Okonomiyaki
Oh by the way, Okonomi（お好み）means “anything as you wish” so you can put anything you like in there.
The most basic one mainly contains pork and cabbage but lots of restaurants have interesting twists to it such as adding:
- Mochi (Rice cake)
- Sweet corn
- Agedama (deep fried batter crumbs)
- Sakura ebi (tiny dried shrimps)
- Snacks like crisps (potato chips for our US visitors!)
- Avocado…the list goes on
Because you can add anything you like, you can also take out the meat and make it vegetarian! So don’t feel like you have to stick with the recipe, you can be creative and liberate yourself!
Meanwhile, I will tell you the basic recipe, enjoy.
Frequently Asked Questions
How healthy is okonomiyaki?
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.
What is okonomiyaki sauce made of?
In my recipe, I use:
- Worcester Sauce
- Soy sauce
In Japanese homes, we usually use pre-made bottled ones.Print