#024 Hiroshima Style Okonomiyaki

Okonomiyaki

Okonomiyaki

Okonomiyaki is a type of savoury pancake with noodles, cabbage, egg and other toppings covered in the special okonomiyaki sauce. It’s often all mixed together in the batter and put on a hot plate to cook.

Hiroshima has its own style of okonomiyaki.

Instead of mixing it all together, they start by cooking a layer of batter mix. Then putting on some sauce and the cabbage:

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Then, they’ll add the toppings. Veggies, meats, crispy puffed rice... even cheese and mochi (a delicious combo).

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Next they’ll cook the noodles.
(Here there’s udon on the left and soba on the right).

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Then the pancake gets flipped to cook the toppings.

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And finally cook an egg… put the noodles on top, then put the flipped pancake on top of that.

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The finishing touches are okonomiyaki sauce, some dried bonito flakes (and an excessive amount of spring onions in the picture above).

It is a great meal – cooked in front of you on a hot plate and eaten clumsily with chopsticks with a cold beer or tea.

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