About the Dish:
Okonomiyaki is a traditional Japanese savory pancake made with a variety of ingredients. The word okonomi means what you like or what you want, and yaki means grilled or cooked. This dish originated in Osaka and has become popular throughout Japan.
Okonomiyaki typically consists of a batter made from flour, grated nagaimo (a type of yam), water or dashi, and shredded cabbage. It is then filled with various ingredients such as sliced pork belly, shrimp, squid, or vegetables like green onions and carrots. The batter is cooked on a hot griddle or pan, and both sides are flipped until golden brown and crispy.
Once the okonomiyaki is cooked, it is topped with a variety of condiments and garnishes, including okonomiyaki sauce (similar to Worcestershire sauce), mayonnaise, bonito flakes (dried fish shavings), and aonori (seaweed flakes). The toppings can be customized to personal preference, hence the name okonomiyaki.
|Grated Nagaimo (Yam)||1/2 cup|
|Water or Dashi||1/2 cup|
|Shredded Cabbage||2 cups|
|Sliced Pork Belly||4 slices|
|Green Onions||2 stalks|
- Step 1: In a large bowl, combine the flour, grated nagaimo, and water or dashi. Mix well until a smooth batter is formed.
- Step 2: Add the shredded cabbage, sliced pork belly, chopped green onions, and grated carrot to the batter. Mix everything together until the ingredients are evenly distributed.
- Step 3: Heat a griddle or large pan over medium heat and lightly oil the surface. Spoon a portion of the okonomiyaki batter onto the griddle and spread it out into a round shape, about 1/2 inch thick.
- Step 4: Cook the okonomiyaki for about 4-5 minutes on each side, or until golden brown and crispy. Use a spatula to carefully flip the okonomiyaki.
- Step 5: Once the okonomiyaki is cooked, transfer it to a plate and drizzle with okonomiyaki sauce and mayonnaise. Sprinkle with bonito flakes and aonori.
- Step 6: Serve the okonomiyaki hot and enjoy!