Okonomiyaki: Recipe & History

From Wabi Sabi Japan Living

What is Okonomiyaki?
Okonomiyaki translates to “Grill As You Like:”
  • Okonomi (as you like)
  • Yaki (grill)
 
Sometimes referred to as by non-Japanese speakers as “Japanese Pancake” or “Japanese Pizza,” it's more like frittata meets pancake. Its ingredients include:
  • Flour
  • Eggs
  • Tempura flakes (Tenkasu)
  • Cabbage
  • Pork belly slices (with or without other meats/seafood)
  • Topped with a variety of condiments like
  • Okonomiyaki sauce
  • Japanese mayonnaise
  • Dried seaweed
  • Dried bonito flakes

History of Okonomiyaki
• Evolved over the centuries from the Edo period into the Meji period
• The name Okonomiyaki started in the late 30's in Osaka
• During the war, residents became very creative with Okonomiyaki due to food scarcity and more readily available ingredients

Check out the attached PDF document to see the recipe and directions for Okonomiyaki!

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