Okonomiyaki - Japanese pancakes

Every household in Japan has their own way of making Okonomiyaki.   There isn't a 'one true method' of making the best.  This recipe below is for a Osaka style Okonomiyaki (as opposed to the Tokyo style Monja)

With this recipe, we have chosen to use pork as the base.  You can use practically anything you wish, whether it be chicken, octopus, prawn, beef, more veggies, or even nothing.

The most important ingredients of an Okonomiyaki is the flour+egg+water+cabbage mixture and the sauces you put on top.

Ingredients (serves 2-3)

  • 1/8 of a large cabbage.  
  • Water 200ml (or Dashi - broth)
  • 2 eggs
  • 200g flour
  • Kewpie Mayonnaise 
  • Okonomiyaki sauce
  • Bonito flakes (optional)

With this example, we also added finely chopped up carrots.  You can add anything into this base mixture (corn, peas, etc)

Finely chop the cabbage (or use a food processing machine)

Add the 2 eggs into a cup to make 200ml of water and egg, and mix

Add this mixture into the 200g of flour into a biggish bowl, and mix

Add the diced cabbage into the bowl and mix. (if the mixture is very thick, add a bit a water, else if it is too watery, add  a little bit more flour or cabbage.  Mixture texture should be similar consistency to the picture below with the 3 slices of mochi on top)

Heat up a pan and place your base ingredients (pork, beef, etc) and fry for a few seconds, then add a scoop of the flour mixture on top, pushing it down and flattening it out, keeping it about 1.5cm thick.

Cover and leave for a few minutes until you see a browning crust on the edges.  Flip and cover until you see browning crust edges again.

Poke a stick to see if the inside is cooked, etc.

Once cooked, place on a plate and add Kewpie Mayonnaise and Okonomiyaki sauce and Bonito Flakes (optional).

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For this example, we used sliced pork neck
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Boring old cabbage
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Dice cabbage, or use a food processing machine
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Water and egg mixture
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Water+egg mixture added to flour
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Add cabbage into flour+egg+water mixture and stir
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Heat up a flat pan
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Add your base ingredient

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Add your flour mixture and topping (this example we used mochi)

Cover the flat pan and leave for a while until you can see edges browning
Flipped again (melted mochi)

Bonito flakes for topping
The secret ingredients - Kewpie Mayo and Okonomiyaki sauce
Finished product!


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