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Okonomiyaki is a Japanese dish. It’s a type of pancake with cabbage. Foreigners often call this “Japanese pizza”, but I don’t think it is a good analogy. Okonomiyaki is a flag dish of Hiroshima prefecture and city, although it is popular also in Osaka and the whole Kansai region. The Kansai version and Hiroshima version are a bit different but both are delicious. I’ve learned to prepare okonomiyaki from a Japanese cook some time ago. Hence, I often prepare this dish at home. Today I share with you the super-easy recipe for okonomiyaki Kansai style.
Okonomiyaki are usually served in the restaurants with the large teppan (metal griddle) built into a chef’s counter or the guests tables. It the teppan is in your table, then you are probably expected to prepare okonomiyaki by yourself. And believe me, this is a really cool experience! I used to do that with my fiance twice – once in Hiroshima and once in Osaka. And it wasn’t hard at all! That is why I decided to make okonomiyaki also at home. And you can do that too, using a regular metal pan.
Some may think that the ingredients listed below are difficult to get outside of Japan. But they are easily accessible in shops with Asian food and Asian sections in supermarkets. I easily get them in Warsaw, Poland myself. Nonetheless, you can always order them on-line (you may have difficulties with getting dried shrimps. In such case just use the frozen or fresh ones).
*) Okonomiyaki (お好み焼き, o-konomi-yaki) – the name of the dish is derived from the words konomu (好む) meaning “like” and yaku (焼く) meaning “to bake”, “to grill”.
I hope you will try my recipe for okonomiyaki Kansai style. If you do, please share the comments and the photos on my Facebook!
Bon appetite! Itadakimasu!
aonori – dried green (ao) seaweed nori flakes/powder
dashi – a broth or granules used to prepare the broth, very rich in umami flavor; the base of many Japanese soups (e.g. miso shiru); the powder can be added to flour when preparing grilled dishes such as okonomiyaki or takoyaki
katsubushi – thin flakes made from dried bonito tuna
nori – dried pressed seaweed
okonomiyaki = grill what you like
tenkasu – tempura flakes (ready-made breadcrumbs)
teppan – metal griddle built into a table or the chef’s counter used for teppanyaki Japanese cooking style
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🇵🇱 Want to read this recipe in Polish? Check it here: Okonomiyaki Kansai Style [przepis]