Monday, May 7, 2007


Okonomiyaki is a Japanese style savory pancake. Our mom made this often when we were little and I kinda got sick of it so she stopped making it. After being away for from home for a long time, I started to miss Okonomiyaki and was really excited when I found an Okonomiyaki place in L.A. But then it closed down. When we moved to Seattle, I decided to learn how to make the dish from my mom. It turns out to be fairly easy and you can substitute any of type of meat or seafood.

1 Pack of Okonomiyaki Mix (any brand you can find)
1 Egg
1 1/2 Cup of water
1 head of Cabbage - Thinly sliced
Diced prawns
Thin slices of Pork or Bacon
Japanese pickled ginger
Okonomiyaki Brown Sauce
Japanese Mayonaise

Put the Okonomiyaki mix in a big bowl. Add 1 egg and water into the mix and stir. The mixture should be the consistency of a pancake (actually slightly thicker). Fold in sliced cabbage and prawns. Heat the griddle and add a couple of slices of pork. Ladle on the Okonomiyaki mixture on top of the pork. When both sides of the Okonomiyaki is brown, it's done. Top the Okonomiyaki with Okonomiyaki sauce, mayonaise and sprinkle some pickled ginger.

* You can use a flat saucepan or griddle to cook the Okonomiyaki. I use our Cusinart Griddle because it cooks the top & bottom of the Okonomiyaki at the same time and it's great! Flipping the Okonomiyaki on a flat saucepan is pretty hard.

~ Mina

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