Japanese Okonomiyaki

My younger sister, Thea used to manage a Japanese restaurant back in Panagsama Beach Resort in Cebu. It was through her that I was able to meet different Japanese recipes and eventually learn how to prepare a few of them. Of all I have tried and tasted, I find Okonomiyaki other known as the Japanese Pizza the darling of my taste bud. It is not only delicious but healthy too as it is basically made of various seafoods and fresh veggies. Like I have said it the Japanese version of the famous American Pizza simply because… well it looks like it and you eat it the way you do with pizza too.

The ingredients are basically available and preparation is easy. And if you are creative enough, you can switch it into Pinoy style by using alternative sauces instead of the suggested Japanese sauce when it is not available or if you find it too much to buy one

JAPANESE OKONOMIYAKI

Cooking is fun. Why not try this one!

Here’s how to do it:

Base:
1 cup flour
3/4 cup dashi (or water, see below)*
1 egg
1/8-1/4 of a cabbageToppings – any of the below:
Chicken
Roast pork or beef
Squid, Octopus, other seafood
Corn
Mushrooms
Onion

Garnishing – any of the below, if you can find it and actually want it:
Katsuo-bushi (dried bonito flakes)
Sakura-ebi (dried shrimps)
Beni-shoga (red ginger)
Ao-nori (green seaweed)

Sauces:
Okonomiyaki sauce (or tonkatsu sauce)
Mayonnaise

Step 1:
So firstly grab that cabbage and chop it up finely. Better to have too much than too little because it shrinks a little as it cooks, and it’s mega cheap anyway. Get out as much of the white stem parts as you can.
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Step 2:
Now break an egg into a large bowl and pour in the dashi/water, and the flour.
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Step 3:
Then beat with a whisk until smooth.
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Step 4:
Now add some of the finely chopped cabbage and mix as best you can. It should end up looking like this.
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Step 5:
Heat up your skillet, electric frypan, grill, whatever you’re going to use to cook for it. Preferably use something that’s got teflon on it 🙂
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Step 6:
Now prepare your toppings. I’m using pork BBQ slices, a little bell pepper, some onion, mushrooms, parsely and spring onion. Just chop it all up good.
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Step 7:
Throw it all in the frypan with some oil (sesame is good) to keep it all well-lubed. Cook until either heated through or in the case of raw meat or veges, for a few minutes until it’s getting close to being cooked.
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Step 8:
Arrange the nearly cooked toppings in a round…
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Step 9:
Then throw the cabbage/dough mixture on top, also in a round!
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Step 10:

Turn up the heat a little to medium and let it cook through for 5 minutes or so. Then flip it. In the picture below, I had to cut the round in half to flip it, which doesn’t matter because we’ll be cutting it into pieces later anyway. You could always make two okonomiyaki instead!Let it cook for another 5-10 minutes. You can break away a bit of the dough bit when it doesn’t look raw any more and see if the cabbage and dough is cooked through.

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Step 11:
Flip it out onto a plate and cover liberally with Okonomiyaki sauce and mayonnaise! OH GOD MY TASTEBUDS!
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Step 12:
Cut (not using box cutters, okay? LOL!), serve and savor!
Enjoy!
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