Okonomiyaki: Osaka-style Japanese Pancakes

Okonomiyaki on a griddle
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  • Total: 60 mins
  • Prep: 30 mins
  • Cook: 30 mins
  • Yield: 4-6 servings
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Okonomiyaki is a Japanese savory pancake containing a variety of ingredients. The name is derived from the word okonomi, meaning "how you like" or "what you like" or "favorite", and yaki meaning "grill". 

The dish can vary depending in which region of Japan it’s made, but it can be found almost anywhere. Perhaps the most common version is Osaka-style okonomiyaki, which is also known as the Kansai-style. Osaka is known for an inexpensive and abundant food culture. The other most widely-known version is the Hiroshima-style, which is layered.

What You'll Need

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/4 cup dashi soup stock or water
  • 4 to 6 eggs
  • 1 to 1 1/2 pounds cabbage (finely chopped)
  • 4-6 tablespoons chopped green onion
  • 1/2 to 3/4 cup tenkasu (tempura flakes)
  • 12 to 18 strips of thinly sliced pork or beef
  • 1 tsp. of Vegetable oil
  • For Toppings:
  • a pinch of Ao-nori (Dried seaweed powder)
  • a dash of Okonomiyaki sauce
  • mayonnaise
  • a handful of Katsuobushi (Dried bonito flakes) *Optional
  • Beni-shoga (Pickled red ginger) *Optional

How to Make It

  1. Put flour in a large bowl. Pour dashi and mix to make batter.
  2. Rest the batter for about an hour in the refrigerator.
  3. To make one sheet of okonimiyaki, take out about 1/2 cup of the batter in another bowl.
  4. Mix about 1/4 pound of chopped cabbage, about 1 tablespoon of chopped green onion, and about 2 tablespoons of tempura flakes in the batter.
  5. Add an egg ​into the batter and stir.
  6. Heat an electric pan or skillet and oil lightly.
  1. Pour the batter into the pan and make a round shape. Cook for about 5 to 7 minutes. 
  2. Meanwhile, fry a couple slices of meat on the side and place the meat on top of the okonomiyaki.
  3. Flip the okonomiyaki and cook for about 5 minutes or until cooked through.
  4. Flip the okonomiyaki again and spread okonomiyaki sauce and mayonnaise on top.
  5. Sprinkle aonori over the sauce.
  6. Sprinkle katsuobushi and beni-shoga if you would like.