Monday, April 6, 2009

Okonomiyaki anyone?

Okay, for the benefit of those who don't know what is Okonomiyaki, it's actually a Japanese savory pancake or pizza. This pan fried batter cake contains various ingredients, from cabbage, seafood or meat, onions and even dried shrimp! As it's name applies "okonomi" means "to one's liking" , so some actually translate this dish as "to one's liking pizza", nice huh!? It's normally served with it's special okonomiyaki sauce and Japanese mayonnaise and topped with seaweed shavings and bonito.

I have tasted Okonomiyaki several occasions in various Japanese restaurants but the thought of DIM (doing it myself) never come across my mind. If you have followed my posts, I recently dine at this nice Jap restaurant, Iketeru, which I got to taste their delicious seafood Okonomiyaki, it was so good! Somehow I keep thinking of it, and had an urge to really make it myself at home. I visited several Japanese grocers and found this okonomiyaki kit, yoohoo! So I bought it and decided to make it when I get the chance.

Ingredients for Okonomiyaki:
100g okonomiyaki flour (included in kit)
100ml Dashi stock (I made miso soup, that's why I have some at hand)
2 large eggs
250g shredded cabbage
6 large cooked prawns, cut small
1 white onion, slice thin and cooked till soft
2 tbsp dried shrimp, diced
1 small bunch of spring onion, diced

1 packet seaweed shavings (included in kit)
1 packet okonomiyaki sauce
2 tbsp Japanese mayonnaise (normal mayo works too)
1 small packet of bonito flakes (can also be found in Japanese grocer)

  • In a large mixing bowl, mix the okonomiyaki flour and Dashi stock together and let the batter rest for 10 minutes.
  • Add all the rest of the ingredients and stir well till everything is coated with the batter.
  • Heat up about 1/4 cup of cooking oil in a large pan and pour batter in. Pan fry it at medium heat cook for about 8 to 10 minutes on each side or till golden brown. Note that flipping the pancake can be a little tricky. I used 2 spatula to do that and lucky me it did not break!
  • When both sides are cooked till golden brown, dish up on plate and pipe the okonomiyaki sauce and mayonnaise on the okonomiyaki. Sprinkle the seaweed shavings & bonito on top.
  • Serve while it's still hot...enjoy!
I was really pleased that it's taste is pretty close to the restaurant ones! The texture was quite "complex" with all the ingredients mingling inside. Topping off with its special sauce and mayo, it was a wonderful combo, bursting with flavors in my mouth, Oishi!! Both me and my hubby enjoyed it alot, will make it again when I miss it. :) BTW, if you have tasted Takoyaki (octopus balls) in those shopping mall food court, you will know that it's actually quite close to the taste of Okonomiyaki.

So if you happen to see okonomiyaki kit in your nearby Japanese grocer, do think about trying it's really not hard at all. You'll be thanking yourself....(ahem...and your's truly) for deciding to make this delicious dish at home. ;) Enjoy!


Kitchen Corner said...

har.. thanks for sharing this. I like to eat this very much. Normally will get in food court. But I'll try make for myself soon.

Elyse said...

I'll be honest, I had no idea what Okonomiyaki was before I read your post, but after reading, I really, really want to try it. It sounds quite delightful! Plus, I'm always up for trying new things!

Honey Bee Sweets said...

Heehee, yeah me too Grace! I usually get it @ Taka food court. But sometimes the Takoyaki so small cannot satisfy, so making it really curb my craving for it!

Elyse, if you know the Japanese grocer, Mitsuwa in Cupertino, perhaps you can look for the Okonomiyaki kit there. :) I remember I always go there to get my Japanese goodies when I'm in Bay Area. ;)