Okonomiyaki is a Japanese pancake dish including a variety of ingredients and usually associated with Osaka and Hiroshima areas (West) of Japan. Okonomi means “what you like” and Yaki means “grilled.” Regardless of the region and style, the main ingredients is always cabbage. I would highly recommend organic cabbage because it makes the dish much tastier. This particular recipe is from my friend who’s originally from Hiroshima. She cooked this delicious Okonomiyaki 2 years ago when she visited us from Los Angeles. Thanks Hiroko for the recipe!
- 8 cups cabbage (about a whole large cabbage), finely diced
- 1 cup squid, chopped into small piece
- 1/2 lb sliced Pork Belly, cut into 3 inch pieces
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/4 tsp. salt
- 1/4 tsp. sugar
- 1/4 tsp. baking powder
- 2-3 inch Nagaimo/Yamaimo, grated3/4 cup dashi stock, or 3/4 cup water with 1 tsp. Hondashi powder
- 4 eggs
- 1/2 cup Tenkasu (Agedama) (Tempura scraps)
- 1/4 cup pickled red ginger (Kizami Beni Shoga)
- Okonomi Sauce (or homemade Okonomi Sauce)
- Japanese mayonnaise
- Katsuobushi (dried bonito flakes)
- Dried greem seaweed powder (Aonori)
- Green onions, finely chopped
- Pickled red ginger (Kizami Beni Shoga) for garnish
- In a large bowl, combine flour, salt, sugar, and baking powder.
- Grate Nagaimo in the bowl and add Dashi-Jiru.
- Whisk well and keep in the fridge for at least 1 hour.
- Meanwhile, remove the core of the cabbage and finely dice the cabbage (finer the better).
- Take out the batter from the fridge and prepare the rest of ingredients on the kitchen counter.
- In the bowl, add eggs, Tenkasu, and Pickled Ginger, and mix well. Then add squid and mix again.
- Stir in the cabbage.
- In a non-stick frying pan heat oil on medium to medium high heat. Scoop one ladle of batter and place on the pan. Do not flatten the mixture because it will easily break when you turn it over.
- Place 2-3 sliced pork belly on top of Okonomiyaki and cook covered for 5 minutes.
- When the bottom side is nicely browned, turn it over and cook covered for another 5 minutes.
- Turn over one more time and cook uncovered for 2 minutes. Transfer to a plate.
- Apply Okonomi Sauce and Japanese mayonnaise, and sprinkle katsuobushi. You can also put dried green seaweed, green onions and pickled red ginger on top for garnish.
- If you have a Japanese griddle (We call it “Hot Plate”) with a lid, you can cook several Okonomiyaki at once!
Okonomiyaki freezes well. Once it cools down (no toppings or sauce), wrap each okonomiyaki in aluminum foil and put it in a Ziploc bag. When you want to eat it, defrost first and put it in a toaster oven to warm it up. It's a great quick lunch option!