Okonomiyaki – Japanese Pancake Recipe

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):

Ginger and Olives - Okonomiyaki at Abeno Too in London

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 ;)

Ginger and Olives - Okonomiyaki Recipe - Food Blog

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.

Ginger and Olives - Okonomiyaki Recipe - Food Blog

Ginger and Olives - Okonomiyaki Recipe - Food Blog

Ginger and Olives - Okonomiyaki Recipe - Food Blog

Ginger and Olives - Okonomiyaki Recipe - Food Blog

Ginger and Olives - Okonomiyaki Recipe - Food Blog

 

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Okonomiyaki - Japanese Pancake Recipe
Cuisine Asian, Japanese
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings
people
Cuisine Asian, Japanese
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings
people
Instructions
  1. Finely shred cabbage and carrot and mix together. Finely slice the spring onion, add half of it to cabbage and carrot and put half of it aside.
  2. In a large bowl, mix water and Okonomiyaki flour. Stir until there are no lumps left and you've got a smooth paste. Beat the egg and add to the mix. Then add the cabbage mix and stir well until all the veggies are well coated.
  3. Place two (one pan per pancake) non-stick frying pans over medium and add 1 tsp of oil to each pan. When hot, add the cabbage mix and form pancakes. Fry for 4-5 minutes and then carefully flip over and add 1 tsp of oil.
  4. Decorate the pancakes with Anori, Bonito flakes, Okonomiyaki sauce, Kewpie and any toppings you may like.
Recipe Notes

If you're not entirely confident when it comes to flipping over the pancakes simply use a breakfast plate. Place on top of the pancake, turn over the pan and slide the pancake back into the pan. That's how I do it ;)

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