Okonomiyaki!

by Ed Lau on August 3, 2008

Okonomiyaki, Hiroshima, style, Sangenjaya, seafood, noodles, udon, ramen, Japan, Tokyo, Japanese food

No, that’s not some sort of Japanese profanity. Okonomiyaki is a sort of pancake, often referred to as Japanese soul food. Literally, Okonomiyaki translates to “whatever you want grilled”, which is quite appropriate since there are several styles to making it and there’s no limit to what you can put in it, although most of them contain cabbage, seafood and/or pork.

Some okonomiyaki restaurants have a chef cook them for you while others are sort of self-serve where you can grill your own on at your table. This particular okonomiyaki place serves Hiroshima-style, where the ingredients are layered. Kaisai-style, on the other hand, mixes all the ingredients together in the batter.

Okonomiyaki, Hiroshima, style, Sangenjaya, seafood, noodles, udon, ramen, Japan, Tokyo, Japanese food

The one on the left contains seafood (prawns, scallops, squid and fish) layered with udon noodles while the right is pork with ramen noodles. Both are topped with an egg and brushed generously with sauce. Personally, I prefer okonomiyaki this way as you can really tell what’s in it. There are a few other variants on okonomiyaki but these are the most popular.

It’s a really delicious epitomous Japanese food that’s great for sharing like tapas with some friends over a few beers.

in Food and Fine Dining,Travel

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Thrifty August 3, 2008 at 11:30 pm

Those look really good and I am so hungry at the moment going to make breakfast now!!!!!

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Jenny August 5, 2008 at 7:02 pm

Is it different with yakiniku? I’ve never founded okonomiyaki in my country. The most popular Japanese food here are yakiniku and shabu-shabu.

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watch the l word August 11, 2008 at 4:26 pm

This looks like Tariyaki… I unno i don’t get out much lol

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