by Kevin Lynch
Okonomiyaki is a savoury Japanese style pancake that is made with a batter, shredded cabbage and other grated vegetables. From there you can add meats or whatever else you want. In fact, okonomi translates to “as you like” or “what you want” so the pancakes can differ greatly between cooks.
Once the pancake is done cooking it is topped with toppings such as mayonnaise, okonomiyaki sauce (like Worcestershire sauce only thicker and sweeter), katsuobushi (dried, fermented, and smoked skipjack tuna), etc. When you order okonomiyaki at a Japanese restaurant you are often brought the raw ingredients and you cook it yourself on a hot plate at your table. This way you get even more control to cook it “as you like”.
- 1 cup flour (I like to use whole wheat)
- 3/4 cup dashi or water
- 1 egg
- 1/4 of a cabbage, about 2-3 cups packed, shredded
- 1 carrot,grated
- 1 small zucchini, grated
- 1 green onion, sliced
- 3 slices bacon
- okonomiyaki sauce (or Worcestershire sauce) to taste
- mayonnaise to taste
- green onions to taste, sliced
- Mix the flour, dashi, egg, cabbage, carrot, zucchini and green onion in a large bowl.
- Heat some oil in pan.
- Pour in mixture and top with the bacon slices.
- Cook on medium heat until golden brown on both sides, about 5-15 minutes per side.
- Top with okonomiyaki sauce, mayonnaise and green onion slices.