Earlier this year my husband and I binge-watched a Netflix reality show called Terrace House. It’s pretty much a Japanese version of Big Brother, however, the people are not housebound and have regular jobs (though most of the girls seemed to be models). I never watched Big Brother but I really enjoyed Terrace House. It’s really interesting from a cultural point of view. Also, the food they have looks absolutely amazing! In one episode two of the girls go out for Okonomiyaki and it looked delicious. I’ve been wanting to try it ever since.
Abeno Too: Amazing Okonomiyaki in London
I found an amazing looking Okonomiyaki restaurant in London. As a German living in the UK I have visit the embassy in London every now and then. Last time I went to the capital on a bureaucratic mission my husband and I visited Abeno Too, near Covent Garden. They serve the Osaka-style version (as opposed to the Hiroshima-style version) and cook it right in front of you. We had one with beef (right) and it was so good that we ordered a second one with seafood (left):
Okonomiyaki at Home
Okonomiyaki is surprisingly easy to cook. The most difficult part about it is sourcing the ingredients. I’ve tried a couple of Asian supermarkets but they seemed to be focused primarily on Chinese and Korean ingredients so I couldn’t find what I needed. In the end I ordered everything from Japan Centre. It wasn’t cheap, I paid just over £20.00. However, the quality of the ingredients was very good and you won’t need that much so consider it a long-term investment for future Okonomiyaki adventures ;)
Literally translated Okonomiyaki means “grilled how you like it” so there aren’t any rules when it comes to toppings. I’ve tried beef nd salmon and I loved both versions.