Saturday, May 16, 2009


Okonomiyaki is a Japanese-style pancakes. Okonomi means favorites in Japanese which mean you can add your favorite ingredients in a okonomiyaki! Upon browsing through online, realise there are 2 version of okonomiyaki, Osaka-style & Hiroshima-style!! In Hiroshima-style okonomiyaki, chopped cabbage is cooked on top of thinly spread batter, whereas Osaka-style okonomiyaki, chopped cabbage is mixed with the batter and cooked together. What I did over here is the Osaka version serve with homemade okonomiyaki sauce & mayonnaise :)

How to create ripples patterns on the pancakes? Pipe mayonnaise horizontally across the pancakes, use a chopstick or stick, draw vertically down the straight lines. Voilapatterns appear!

Ingredient (3 pancakes)
  • 180gm cabbage, finely shred
  • 5 tbsp bonito flakes
  • 2 stalk spring onion, finely slice
  • chicken/prawn/squid, thinly slice
  • salt
  • pepper
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 cup instant dashi stock
  • 130gm plain flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
Okonomiyaki Sauce
  • 6 tbsp worcestershire sauce
  • 8 tbsp tomato ketchup
  • 2 tbsp mirin
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  1. Marinate chicken/prawn/squid lightly with salt & pepper. Set aside.
  2. Beat egg until frothy, stir in stock. Gradually sift in flour & baking powder. Mix till smooth.
  3. Mix cabbage, bonito flakes & spring onion in a large mixing bowl. Stir in egg batter.
  4. Warm up sauce ingredient till sugar dissolves. Set aside. Scoop 1/3 cabbage mixture into a bowl, add in some chicken/prawn/squid and mix evenly.
  5. Lightly grease a non-stick pan, pour the mixture onto the heated pan, press lightly down to shape into round shape. Cook on medium heat for 8-10mins till set & brown. Using 2 spatulas, turn the pancakes over and cook the other side till brown. Repeat procedures with balance batter.
  6. Remove and place of serving plate. Spread with some okonomiyaki sauce, drizzle mayonnaise over and top with extra bonito flakes.

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