Okonomiyaki Recipe - Japanese Pancakes

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Who loves pancakes? I bet we all do, well here is the recipe for a just too yummy Japanese styled pancake.

What Is Okonomiyaki?

Okonomiyaki is a delicious Japanese styled Pancake, which originated from Osaka, it is very popular in Japan especially in the Hiroshima and Kansai regions. Today, there are many restaurants that exclusively offer this finger licking pancakes.

Okonomiyaki is derived from the word Okonomi, which means "what you want" or "what you like" and that is exactly what you get… cos you can either watch the chef prepare your Okonomiyaki or cook em yourself in some of these restaurants!

Okonomiyaki is also made differently in some parts of Japan, for instance in the Kansai region the ingredients are all mixed together in a paste, while in Hiroshima its mostly cooked having several different layers of veggies and meat. Okonomiyaki can either be cooked or grilled and the batter can be made from several ingredients such as grated yam, flour, eggs, shrimp, vegetables, cheese and water.

Eeew & Deliciously Hmnnnn!

Now don’t get squeamish, cos some Okonomiyaki ingredients can include squid or even octopus but I tell you, this only makes the flavor more special and a difference from the norm but if you can’t put up with either of these, then any type of meat would do just fine.

A perfect Okonomiyaki must have a topping such as a sauce, you can use your regular English Worcester Sauce but the real Okonomiyaki sauce is much more thicker, it must have Katsuobisho which is bonito flakes, Japanese mayonnaise, Aonori and also fried eggs, you can even add fried noodles as well, I tell you it’s the taste to die for!

Well I’ve being going on and on about this Japanese pancakes, so without further ado lets get down to how its cooked, here is a recipe for the traditional Kansai Okonomiyaki, don't forget to send in your delicious comments, enjoy!

Okonomiyaki Recipe

Ingredients
Flour
Water
Eggs
Pickled ginger
Shrimp
Sausage
Bacon
Green onions

Toppings
For toppings, use the regular Okonomiyaki sauce but if you can’t get your hands on that, you can use either Aonori, Japanese mayonnaise, Katsuobisho or you can try fried eggs with noodles but whichever topping you choose, you’re sure to have a mouth watering Okonomiyaki!

Directions
Now to prepare a traditional Kansai Okonomiyaki, you should use Okonomiyaki flour but if you can’t get your hands on that, you can still use regular flour after all Okonomiyaki does mean "what you like" which could also translate to as “what you have”!

Now the first steps to making Okonomiyaki, is to quickly mix the flour and water into a paste, for more flavor you can use any meat stock but I kinda prefer chicken because its has more flavor and of cos its tastier. Next add all the other ingredients but take care not to over mix, then set 'em in portions and shape pancake style with a spatula, then place your bacon strips nicely on top.

Next set your griddle to heat for lets say 200c, oil the griddle and then place your Okonomiyaki mixture on the griddle, cook for about three minutes before flipping it to the other side, cook for another three minutes or till its brown.

Now to the mouth watering part, add your toppings either Okonomiyaki sauce, Japanese Mayo or whatever toppings you like and voila! Your Kansai Okonomiyaki is ready. Best advice, eat while its hot!

Photo Credits & Articles

Thanks to Aaron, David Pursehouse and Lucas Richarz for the photos.

For other mouthwatering recipes, click these links.

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author avatar Michelle Stanley
18th Dec 2013 (#)

It is nice to learn about other cultures and this post is indeed an interesting one. What makes it that way is the variations that each region has in making the food items. Thanks for sharing, and all the best for the season. Michelle

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author avatar joyalariwo
19th Dec 2013 (#)

Thanks Michelle and I wish you all the best this season.

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
19th Dec 2013 (#)

Part pancake, part taco -- in a visual way. Great article and recipe.

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author avatar joyalariwo
19th Dec 2013 (#)

Thanks Phyl and like we say in my part of the woods, Merry Christmas in advance.

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author avatar Jack Goblin
21st Dec 2013 (#)

Okonomiyaki is delicious! Especially when prepared by someone who knows what they're doing. But even the efforts of amateurs are pretty good. :)

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