Okonomiyaki is getting slowly more popular outside of Japan. It’s often described as a Japanese pizza, but it’s more like a savory pancake. This is grilled with various fillings, toppings, and condiments. Fillings may include a combination of chopped vegetables, meat, or seafood. Pickled red ginger and dried bonito flakes are popular toppings. The most common condiments are mayonnaise and a brown Okonomiyaki sauce. The word “Okonomiyaki” means “grilled as you like it”.
In Japan, there are several types of Okonomiyaki but two are better well known : Kansai-style and Hiroshima-style.
Kansai-style Okonomiyaki is made by cooking batter (flour plus broth made of dried bonito flakes and seaweed) mixed with eggs, yams, cabbage, etc. It is topped with Okonomiyaki sauce, dried bonito flakes, and mayonnaise when served. Okonomiyaki with pork is called Buta-tama and the one that comes with octopus is called Tako-tama. Likewise, at many of the Okonomiyaki restaurants, the name of each differs depending of what ingredients are selected. In Osaka, Okonomiyaki is quite frequently served with rice or rice balls.
When making Hiroshima-style the ingredients are layered rather than mixed together. The layers are typically batter, cabbage, pork, and optional items such as squid, octopus, and cheese. Noodles (yakisoba, udon) are also used as a topping with fried egg and a generous amount of okonomiyaki sauce. The amount of cabbage used is usually 3 to 4 times the amount used in the more common Osaka style. It starts out piled very high and is pushed down as the cabbage cooks. The order of the layers may vary slightly depending on the chef’s style and preference, and ingredients will vary depending on the preference of the customer. After all the toppings are in place, the entire Okonomiyaki is flipped over and steamed. It is flipped over again and is served after adding sauce and sprinkling green laver. In Hiroshima, the Okonomiyaki sauce is slightly sweeter than the Kansai type.
How much are they?
In a Okonomiyaki restaurant, the menu sometimes offers a list of specialty combinations. Or, it may offer a list of ingredients from which diners can create their own combinations.
One of the cheapest one is around 735 yen and is composed of? pork, onions, leeks, green onions, but naturally it’s cheaper homemade. It can be rise up till 1000 yen or more.
In the next article,?I’ll give and?explain you the recipe to make yourself an Okonomiyaki.