お好み焼き (Okonomiyaki)

Posted: 2011/05/28 in Japanese

After hearing Emmie gush about this stuff for ages I though it was time I finally tried some of it. If I had a choice I probably would have gone to a restaurant, but St. Louis being what it is (ie. barren of any really good asian food) meant that really wasn’t an option. Thus began the massive google-ing and this is what I came up with. Everything but the kitchen sink. Authentic? Mebbe. Tasty? Mhm.

お好み焼き (Okonomiyaki)
Serves 2 (These things are huge!)

Ingredients:
0.75 cup all-purpose flour
1 tbsp corn starch
1 tsp baking powder
1 tbsp hondashi (Bonito fish stock powder)
1 tsp chicken bouillon powder
0.75 cup water
1 egg
2 cups finely shredded green cabbage
0.25 cup finely sliced carrots
0.25 cup pickled mustard
3 strips of bacon
0.25 cup finely sliced green onions
black & white pepper to taste

Toppings:
bonito flakes
Kewpie Mayo (The Japanese stuff is way better than the American stuff any day)
Okonomiyaki Sauce
shredded nori (roasted seaweed)

Directions:
1. Mix flour, spices (pepper, hondashi, bouillon), corn starch, baking powder, egg, water until you get a batter-like substance. Try not to overmix because gluten will start forming and the okonomiyaki will taste tougher.
2. Dump all the veggies into the batter and lightly toss until everything is coated
3. Heat up a non-stick pan and fry up the bacon
4. When the bacon is cooked through on one side, flip them over and pour the veggie batter over it. You will have to flatten the mountain of cabbage into a pancake or else it will never finish cooking.
5. Cook the okonomiyaki for ~20min, flipping occasionally to get a nice golden crispy layer on both sides
6. Serve drizzled with kewpie mayo, okonomiyaki sauce, nori, and bonito flakes. (For those too lazy or too poor to afford okonomiyaki sauce an easy fix is worcestershire:ketchup:mirin:honey 4:4:2:1)

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Comments
  1. AV says:

    POST-PRODUCTION POST-PRODUCTION

  2. emmiry says:

    In my opinion, it’s really just a late night snack type of thing, like chicken and waffles. Not a satisfying meal by itself, but fun to make. So yeah, when you get the chance, definitely go to a restaurant and make it yourself, or at least watch the waiter do for it for you.

  3. AV says:

    It was a very prolonged snack. Like all day. XD

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