Gimme an O for oh so delicious!
Okonomiyaki translates to what you like. there are many delicious variations, some of which can be found here on the wiki
I love these! I love them as snacks, I love them for lunch, late night munching, you get the picture! :)
When you’re in a frenzy, these little savouries can be whipped up super speedy. All it takes is a few chops, snips of cabbage and some fillings, pan fried with the batter and topped with some tasty things.
Seriously! They don’t call it street food for nothing…
1 cup cabbage, cut up roughly (seasoned lightly with salt,)
1/2 cup Pork mince or beef mince, (or octopus)
Few spring onion stems, chopped
1 cup Plain Flour,
half cup of Milk,
half a cup of water,
Okinomiyaki sauce (or BBQ sauce)
Seaweed flakes and sesame seeds (or Japanese rice topping)
Bonito flakes, (from specialty stores aka Chinatown) omit freely…
**Optional toppings, ** grated cheese, corn, mushrooms whichever you fancy! Remember this is like a DIY, aside from the cabbage and toppings, most things are going to be up for grabs.
In a large mixing bowl, chop the cabbage and (using a pair of kitchen scissors) snip it finer if you like, sprinkle with salt and set aside.
Mix the pork mince (or meat) with the snipped spring onion stems and the egg. Pour the cabbage into the bowl with the pork mince and set aside.
Make up your batter with the flour and half a cup of milk. Add the half cup of water and mix with a wooden spoon. You want it to be thick but (still runny enough to pour) almost like the consistency of glag glue.
Don’t worry about any lumps because you won’t notice them later.
There are two ways to cook okonomiyaki, the first (traditional method) is Teppen style (or on a grill plate,) I’m using my frying pan.
In a large frying pan with a little oil, pan fry (roughly a cup) of the cabbage & pork mixture until its nearly cooked. Separate into halves and using a ladle, pour some of the batter over the top of each mound and continue to cook,
Using a large spatula or egg flipper, turn the pancakes carefully and continue to cook the other side.
Or you can mix everything together in a pancake batter and just fry off like that, the non traditional method:
Both methods work well, make sure you cook each pancake over a steady heat to cook through those pancakes (remember we do have raw meat inside!)
Serve with a selection of sauces, beginning with the Okonomiyaki sauce, then some squiggles of mayonnaise. Layer with the seaweed flakes and lastly finish with the bonito.