Dear fellow travelers,
During my trip to Japan I’ve tasted many delicious meals, some of them are quite well known in Europe, like sushi, ramen and soba. I would like to share with you the recipe of a dish I’ve tasted and discovered for the first time in Osaka and that its more difficult to find in Europe: the Okonomiyaki, also known in the Western countries as the “Japanese pancake” or the “Japanese pizza”. I think it’s really good and quite easy to make if you have the right ingredients. I’ve found them in Paris in a Japanese grocery store called Kioko, hope you can find them as easily as I did!
For two Okonomiyaki you’ll need:
- 2 eggs
- 125gr of flour
- 1/2 white cabbage or Chinese cabbage
- 150ml of dashi (a Japanese bonito stock)
- 1 tbsp of baking powder
- bacon strips
- 2 tbsp of oil
For the topping:
- Japanese mayonnaise
- Okonomiyaki sauce
- Katsuobushi (dried bonito flakes)
- Aonori (dried green seaweeds)
- Pickled red ginger
In a large bowl beat the two eggs and add half of the dashi stock. Slowly add the flour while stirring, then add the rest of the dashi till you have a thick mixture. Cut the cabbage in slices and then small pieces and add it to the mixture.
In a large pan, heat the oil and then pour part of the mixture to form a circular pancake. Then add the bacon strips on top of it.
Cover the bacon with the cabbage mixture and then turn it on the other side to cook.
Once your Okonomiyaki is ready, you can have fun with toppings! You can add the Japanese mayonnaise and the Okonomiyaki sauce in zigzagging lines, as well as the bonito flakes, some Aonori and a bit of red ginger on top.
Enjoy… and Eat The Road!