Wednesday, April 6, 2016
When my husband served his first mission to Japan, he learned to love a dish called Okonomiyaki. It's name literally means "what you want fried." It is a savory Japanese pancake with whatever you want put in it. It is a dish made all over Japan, but each region makes it differently. This is a good, basic recipe to start with. It is one of my favorite Japanese foods I've made here.
1 cup flour
2/3 cup water or chicken stock
4 cups finely chopped cabbage
1 bunch green onions, finely sliced (some people put much more than this in it)
1 cup or so of Meat of choice: chopped shrimp (my favorite), chopped chicken, thin-sliced beef or pork. Japanese like to use pork belly (looks like bacon, but not cured), squid, and shrimp.
1/2 cup cooked noodles (optional) The Japanese use either udon (very thick, round noodles) or soba(thinner noodles that look much like spaghetti) Not everyone puts noodles in, but those are the crazy ones!
Okonomiyaki sauce (kind of like Worcestershire sauce, but sweeter and thicker. I think you could sweeten Worcestershire sauce and it would work.
Kupi (Japanese mayonnaise) It is sweeter than mayonnaise, but mayonnaise would work, I think
Bonito Flakes ( dried tuna flakes) optional They smell fishy, but really just add saltiness.
In a bowl, mix together the flour, water and eggs. Add the cabbage, onions, meat and noodles. Mix all together. On a hot lightly oiled griddle, spread some of the mixture in the shape and size of a large pancake. Flatten the pancake with a spatula as it cooks. When browned, turn it over and cook the other side. Serve hot with the sauces. This recipe makes two large okonomiyaki or three medium.
To read about our mission experiences and our Okonomiyaki miracle, go here: http://kenandkayhinton.blogspot.jp/2016/01/mission-miracle-okonomiyaki.html