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Sorry, no. Hi Kira! Unfortunately I do not have satoimo in the area. There are two main types of okonomiyaki: the Kansai or Osaka style and the Hiroshima style. 2) Bacon is salty, so as long as you like that additional salt count in your Okonomiyaki, you can use it. I always use this recipe too for my own okonomiyaki and I don’t have the issue. dashi (Japanese soup stock; click to learn more), pickled red ginger (beni shoga or kizami beni shoga), Taiyaki (fish-shape cake with red bean filling), How to Slice Meat Thinly – Tea Time with Nami (Ep 6),,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, It’s a super umami-rich ingredient that we use it to make dashi (Japanese stock for miso soup and all kinds of Japanese dishes). Explore Make this okonomiyaki recipe for a weeknight taste of Japanese street food. easy okonomiyaki recipe. First, the okonomi sauce is added. Thanks! The texture of sliced pork belly is very much like bacon, so texture-wise, you’re okay. Hi Valerie! . It should be mostly cabbage, not the batter/dough. Also, I made substitutions for the sauces and mayo. I dislike frying things because it’s messy, but I can see how this dish would suffer without adding something like tempura pieces. Like very next dinner? , Hi Nami, thank you very much for quick reply. To make the okonomiyaki batter, whisk together the eggs, flour, salt, soy sauce and toasted sesame oil until smooth. Address: 2-2-3, Namba, Chuo-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka, 542-0076. This recipe is a basic version of Okonomiyaki, but we enjoy so many kinds of ingredients choices for Okonomiyaki in Japan. Thank you so much for your kind words, Cristeta! Enjoy Okonomiyaki! Thank you! Luckily we have many stores to buy nagaimo yam in my city. This time I went for squid, prawns and some kimchi! . I’m happy to hear you are finding your favorite style Okonomiyaki. >_< Anyhow, thank you so much for trying my recipes! Okonomiyaki and Takoyaki are similar, but Takoyaki batter is thinner than Okonomiyaki batter. We had Chicken Katsu Donburi last night, and last week I made the Mille Fieulle. … I really really like those too!! Hi Hondo! Hope you enjoy! My God Nami! I’m glad to hear you enjoy the recipe! Hi! Hi Todd! Hi Todd! I’m really happy to hear you tried this recipe and liked it! Hi Barbara! I searched the Okonomiyaki recipe on your website yesterday before getting this email. Will be checking out your soup curry next! ❤️. 1) instructions with pictures or 2) instructions without pictures. The yamaimo or nagaimo really helps to bind the batter together and without it, it’s kind of hard to put all together. Hi Nany, Yes. Hashimaki is the same as Okonomiyaki in flavour, however it is rolled around a pair of chopsticks. . Thank you so much for your kind words. You can sprinkle tororo kombu on steamed rice, or make rice ball… what else. . Hi Sarah, We couldn’t be happier to hear how much joy and excitement Nami’s recipe has brought to you! Hence, you will only see the words when you print out. Thx, Hi Lidy! I made this tonight, but, after getting inspiration from a post in a sourdough group, I used 1 C of sourdough discard in place of the flour, and a scant 1/2 C of turkey broth left over from Thanksgiving in place of the dashi. Panko doesn’t give flavors and you don’t need the bread texture in Okonomiyaki. I use thin bacon, but think a lot about going to original. I’m so happy to hear you like Okonomiyaki! You have a really cool life!!! A literal translation is ‘flat grilled pork’. To make Okonomiyaki sauce : For a basic recipe of this essential condiment, all you need is ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, oyster sauce and sugar (or honey). We used beef bacon instead of pork, and it turned out fantastic. This is probably my most favorite Japanese food. I can’t find much information on which cheese works best- what is used in Japan for cheese on Okonomiyaki? Hi Tom! . Thank you for writing! I will try making it with organic cabbage as recommended. Okonomiyaki (Osaka-style) Recipe Although some Japanese cuisine can be an acquired taste, I have never introduced okonomiyaki (お好み焼き) to a person that didn’t like it. I also have an American host family (my mom did too when she was in high school), and I always feel thankful for those experience. Working on it. Only thing I worry is that baby taro roots are very hard to grate (tough, slippery), so please be careful if you decide to do it. It seemed almost like glue. We love okonomiyaki! xo. WOW! Can I peel and grate these instead of the mountain yam? Since I had traveled far away to purchase it, I don’t want to make something just for the sake of making something. Hope this helps! However these people send me Aonori that will expire very soon, so that I am not able to use it up So my question; can you maybe freeze Aonori? Hi Nami! If you prefer Hiroshima-style Okonomiyaki recipe, click here. Mix the flour into the bowl and then the dashi and egg. Thanks for sharing your idea with us! Thank you! Thanks again and stay safe. I’m so happy to hear you enjoyed this recipe! The flavor of the squid works perfectly with everything else and it’s healthier too. Lucky. xo. Yes, so many variations you can make! While it is suitable to form the pancake batter, it adds no flavor. Osaka’s specialty, both Takoyaki and Okonomiyaki has squirts of mayonnaise along with the sweet-savory takoyaki/okonomi sauce. Cheers. Living in Mexico I did have to adapt it: 1/4 cup of corn starch instead of nagaimo, homemade pickled red onion instead of red ginger, and a lighter than air, Cheetos-like, local snack called Totis instead of tempura scraps. Nice, I am so happy you enjoy making Okonomiyaki! They offer course meals as well as some unique dishes such as their okonomiyaki omelet. Hmm, I’ve never thought of using panko as substitute for tenkasu! I think for convenience, fried onion bits like we use for green bean casserole would be a great, flavorful substitution! Hi Gary! So happy to hear you like this recipe! I’m so happy to hear you enjoyed this recipe and remember the time you had it in Japan. Hi Alice! Thank you for using my site as a reference to your cooking! Hi Nami, I have been making this recipe without nagaimo so far. I have been hungry for okonomiyaki. This looks great! As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. Or make half and make half fresh etc…. Hi Melanie! Restaurant Okonomiyaki can be not-so-authentic… so try making this at home! Now I have more reason to make that trip to happen Japan! Thank you so much, Ratnajati! . There are usually 3 dining options for these restaurants: Besides restaurants, you can also purchase steaming hot okonomiyaki at street vendors during festivals (matsuri). but i substituted with potato starch (which i had handy – does not taste as yummy but it still works. Thank you so much for your kind feedback. Recipe by Namiko Chen of Just One Cookbook. Since it’s a lot, you might want to pan fry some of them to speed up process too. Yeah, I got mixed up between “tororo” and “tororo kombu”. Glad to hear it can be frozen! Meanwhile, gather all the ingredients for Okonomiyaki Sauce. If you can’t buy a bag of tenkasu from Amazon or Japanese grocery stores (convenient! Aww I’m so happy to hear you liked this recipe! Thank you very much for your kind feedback, Valerie! However, I understand your situation. Hi Naoko! Wherever you travel throughout Japan, those areas will use their specialised ingredients within okonomiyaki so the options are limitless. Didn’t try the garlic yet, but I think a bit of that could be nice as a variation too. It transported us back to Japan and it was pretty straightforward! If you can’t find Nagaimo or want to get shortcut, try this okonomiyaki mix: Yesterday I cooked a Japanese dinner which I have never done before. Hi Damie! Okonomiyaki batter should be all used and freeze the COOKED okonomiyaki. Have you frozen the leftover? In Japan, we don’t really have different types of cheese, and usually, it’s “process cheese” (a mixture of cheese that’s suitable for Japanese taste). I just watched your video again, now I have to make okonomyaki again. , Hi Pravina, Thank you very much for your kind feedback!, Hi Nami. You can enjoy this dish at okonomiyaki restaurants (Okonomiyaki-ya お好み焼き屋) throughout Japan. Nagaimo (長芋)/Yamaimo (山芋) – different name depending on regions. Aww, I’m so happy to hear that you enjoy my website and this Okonomiyaki recipe! I tried variations (pork, shrimp and tako) but plain with nothing is also very good. Oh I love your tip on rice crispies and grater! Pty Ltd is the ultimate portal for all visitors to Osaka. I made a mess of flipping them over, but they were enjoyable just the same. Thank you for sharing. Have you tried making smaller okonomiyaki? Ever since I was a kid I’ve wanted to try okonomiyaki, ten years later I found this recipe and tried it and finally got to fulfill that longtime craving. I usually make smaller ones so it’s easy to freeze and perfect for kids’ one serving. Okonomiyaki freezes well. Its quite hard to find mountain yam even in Singapore (and expensive!) Trim and finely chop the cabbage, then peel and finely slice the shallot. … The toppings of an okonomiyaki are vital in creating the taste that everyone knows and loves. I so appreciate this website – all the way from Melbourne, Australia. Thanks Nami that helps a lot! And you’re cooking Japanese foods! Once cooked, the filling is placed on top of the pancake and then on top of yaki soba noodles. I wanted to know, if we don’t have nagaimo or yamaimo, what can we use ? Good to hear you enjoyed Okonomiyaki! It is sort of a hybrid between an omelette and okonomiyaki! So ours turns out to be a mix of Osaka and Hiroshima!!! We ate it with rice, as that’s how my students from Kobe and Osaka would eat it. . I’m happy to hear you enjoyed Okonomiyaki in Japan! Thanks again, looking forward to any suggestions! I’m happy to hear you enjoyed it. Hi Darryl! Hi Yuri! hi Nami I am glad I found your recipe for Okonomiyaki, There are 3 versions of this Japanese pizza/ crepe : Hiroshima, Osaka and Tokyo style. After the bottom is golden brown, flip over. I was really angry when I got the parcel. , Finally a recipe with instructions to cook the okonomiyaki all the way through. What would you know what I can use instead of eggs in this recipe? Cut the cabbage 3cm long and thinly slice, roughly 0.3cm thick.. 2. Basically, until it’s hot inside and outside. Whisk together the eggs, flour and 250ml of water in a large jug or mixing bowl until you have a smooth batter. Hope you enjoy the recipe! We make a lot and freeze them for lunch box (actually Okonomiyaki was our dinner last night, so kids brought it for lunch in bento box today). Hello I did this recipe today and it was DELICIOUS!! The batter is fried first and then the filling is added on top and then finally another ladle of batter. It was delicious. Combine cabbage and salt in a large bowl. The toppings on the Okonomiyaki all complimented so well. This Okonomiyaki is a basic version, and you can be creative! I pretty much followed the recipe exactly except doubling the portion for lunch next day. It may be slightly different, but according to this Wikipedia article (, these are the names for the same vegetable in different cultures (listed below). Mix all together till combined. When a friend told me about Justonecookbook I was so sure that it was just another online website that I would not be able to relate to. Hopefully, I can visit soon… I miss my home! But I don’t think there is any good substitute for it. I tried potato last night and it worked really well ! Hi Ju! . Well, I understand it is definitely not a healthy ingredient; however, many people in Osaka claim this is one of the most important ingredients, next to Nagaimo/Yamaimo. If you cannot find it, just omit it, instead of adding substitute. Thank you, Nami. ), you can make your own tempura scraps using the leftover batter. If you don’t use the egg, I would highly recommend not to skip Nagaimo in the recipe. We didn’t follow a lot of things making the okonomiyaki (there’s only so much you can buy with a college student budget T.T) but I’m so glad we followed getting a bottle of Okonomi sauce (we’ve also been using it as katsu and yakisoba sauce) and getting a box of sticky rice flour to make mochi (following your microwave daifuku instructions). 2-3 per person?). Cover and cook for another 5 minutes. . Delicious! Just like pancake mix, all you need to do is to add the egg(s) and water to the flour and you can make okonomiyaki batter instantly! People started to add their own ingredients and it soon gained the name, okonomiyaki. Once it cools down (no sauce or toppings), wrap each okonomiyaki in aluminum foil and put it in a freezer bag. Hmm sure 150 g to start and see how it works? . Aww thank you so much for your kind words! It’s made with flour, eggs, tempura scraps (tenkasu), cabbage, and pork belly slices and topped with a variety of condiments like okonomiyaki sauce, Japanese mayonnaise, dried seaweed, and dried bonito flakes. Hi Bruna! Thanks in advance! The ideal size is about 3cm long and about 0.5cm thick. You’re in Utsunomiya!!! I’ve never tried it personally, but I’ve heard from my readers that grated potatoes or lotus root will work as well (use a fine grater), but the texture may not become “fluffy” but rather chewy/bouncy texture. Hi Eileen! Hope this helps! If you only use nagaimo for okonomiyaki, you can grate and freeze as well. The beautiful thing about okonomiyaki is that once you have the base, you can literally put anything you like. I would highly recommend trying to make it at home and then at a restaurant! Thanks so much for all your postings (♡˙︶˙♡), Hi Viv! Is there a substitute for it? If so, we use Katsuobushi (Dried Bonito Flakes) and Aonori One of the most famous brands of okonomi sauce is ‘Otafuku Okonomi Sauce’ and can be found in most Asian supermarkets. It was delicious. Hi Faith! Here are the ingredients for toppings. I’m glad you enjoyed the recipe! I love the okonomiyaki but I was wondering if you have a recipe for monjayaki as well. Somehow I cannot get it right with this ingredient. – When do I add the tofu? Thank you for sharing this delicious recipe. It’s slimy like nagaimo. I thought it would be chewy but it turned out to be gooey, melty, and super crispy wherever it touched the pan. I plan on making this for the kids this weekend while we watch Japanese dramas on the computer. It still turned out great. Hi Germenn! just a little follow up question: do you freeze it completed (with the okonomiyaki sauce, mayo and bonito flakes) or do you add those after re-heating? Awesome! For Muslim , they can not eat pork and all ingredients must be HALAL certified ingredients. . When you see “tempura scraps” you might be thinking can I avoid it? It’s so expensive here, so I only buy it for Okonomiyaki. It looks like a few other people are in the situation that I am facing: no access to nagaimo. You mentioned that okonomiyaki with mochi is one of your favourites. We followed your recipe almost exactly, and it came out perfect! I’ve received many feedback on my Okonomiyaki recipe cooked by JOC readers around the world. I’m happy you enjoyed the recipe. Thank you for your feedback! The entire class of fluorinated chemicals Teflon is made from accumulate in the body and are toxic to life, including human life. Mayo for Okonomiyaki is optional. tempura bit, to taste. I am so glad to hear that you enjoy cooking with my recipes. I have made a few dishes from it and they are all delicious. I know nagaimo is not easy to find outside of Japan, so you can skip or replace with grated potato or taro root (I haven’t tried but heard from JOC readers it works). Hi Ashley! This was crunchy, gooey, savory, and the sauce complemented the flavor of the Okonomiyaki perfectly. The result is amazing. Thank you for your kind feedback, Janelle! These flakes are super paper-thin – when you sprinkle on top of the okonomiyaki, they dance along with the steam! Hi Charlotte! I was able to find it in Wynn Dixie down here in Key West!! I always thought okonomiyaki is really difficult to make – now i know better. My kids called it “okonomi-yummy”, cos it’s too good to be “okonomi-yucky”! Your email address will not be published. It’s so cool you can buy Nagaimo at Latin American supermarket! However, it’ll be okay for just a day, but no more than that as it contains raw eggs. When the frying pan is hot (400 F or 200 ºC), spread the batter in a circle on the pan. Thanks for this recipe. I am excited to try it. Hi, I really enjoy your recipes and they end up tasting great. I don’t think it’s a good idea to freeze this batter. All the ingredients work so well together; just the right proportions. So my question is how can I print your photographs and instruction paragraphs with the recipe without all the other on screen background graphics as the page reformats when I try to print it. If not, use shrimp, squid, etc. I thought it could be the flour amount. I hope you had some leftover to freeze for later. I found a shortcut for nagaimo: after peeling it, I cut it into several large chunks and then finely shred it using a food chopper with a pull string. I never thought I’d be able to make it though, but your recipe is amazing. I’ll find this namaigo and re-do it again…Thank you Nami =), Hi Thao! You made my day! Texture-wise, it’s fluffy. Thanks, Merry Christmas and HNY to you too! Very tasty! I look forward to trying out the calamari suggestion next – that sounds terrific! I was actually planning to go with a recipe from another site, but as we walked to the store checkout my husband pointed and said “What’s that!” It was Nagaimo, which I had’nt even put on my shopping list! You can wrap individual okonomiyaki in aluminum foil. Hi Jason, Napa cabbage may work but it has a more mild flavor, doesn’t have the crunchiness as head cabbage, and make the Okonomiyaki more wet finish. hi, Nami Thank you for your response. I tried this just the other night. Or like you said, you can use potato, but not sure as I’ve never used it before. I even bought a new Zojirushi rectangular griddle today so that I can make lots at one time when we have company. I’m so happy to hear you and your children enjoy this dish! Hope that helps! Hope this helps! Maybe taro may be similar with slimy texture etc… but hard to grate as it’s tougher texture. I’ve frozen them whole before, but after thawing it’s an absolute gooey mess and is falling apart. , Hi Ms Nami! I hope you enjoyed using new ingredients and use them again in the near future. cassava over here, is the commoner’s plate. , Maybe your 1 cup is more than 120 g. When you measure a cup, you need to fluff the flour first, then scoop flour with a spoon into a measuring cup. Thank you for sharing your cooking experience with us!. (Canola oil is okay as well!). Thank you so much for trying this recipe! Hi Min! I mentioned in the blog post, but some JOC readers tried this recipe with grated potato and told me it was a good substitute. Both daikon and cassava root do not give this texture. To make really good okonomiyaki, there are a few ingredients that are necessary and it tastes much better compared to the ones that don’t include them. . Hi Mari! . When cooking, the batter is fried into a thin pancake and the filling is cooked separately. Would Napa cabbage be a good substitute, or does it not have the crunchiness of head cabbage? Great idea on rice bubbles, thanks for sharing it with us. Try Japanese, Korean, (maybe some Chinese), Mexican butcher or supermarket. Gently press the okonomiyaki to fix the shape and keep it together. Thank you for your kind feedback, John! I have never had okonomiyaki before, but I stumbled across your website by a happy accident and knew I had to try this. can’t wait to try =). Looking forward to experimenting with this! and in the end, it will all shrink and small amount. Thank you so much for trying this recipe! I hope we can eat together! Even my okonomiyaki-hating kiddo, who was going to eat leftover cold pizza instead, thought it smelled good and decided to give it a try and loved it! Hi Asa! Thanks for this easy to follow Okonomiyaki (and sauce) recipe. I like my Okonomiiyaki with lots of sauce (gets salty after all), so I don’t want to put bacon. I’m Shuni. Hi Nami! I’m glad to hear you enjoyed this recipe! Hi Nany, Ok! Thought I will try out with silken tofu this time, for a fluffier pancake. Then pouring more batter over that then cutting it into (four was the perfect sized square for my portable square griddle). I hope it will keep for awhile wrapped in newspaper in the refrigerator waiting for its next starring role. You can also make them at home too. You are so creative! So happy to hear that you enjoyed the recipe! Oh boy. Hi Jan! Made us feel like we were back in Osaka! I’m super excited that you enjoyed the dish! You can also put dried green seaweed (aonori), chopped green onions, and pickled red ginger on top for garnish. I love this recipe and have made it a few times, I love how it freezes so well. easy okonomiyaki recipe, Okonomiyaki is a great dish for any occasion: to make at home, to eat with friends or family or even for dates. It is to suit the local market demand and pricing of Okonmiyaki depend on the ingredients for the toppings. Sounds like you got a great business plan! I’m so happy to hear you enjoyed this Okonomiyaki recipe! Love. Hope this helps! However I prefer Hiroshima okonomiyaki style then next time when making, I will add 1 layer of yaki soba xD. It’s sad I couldn’t find the red ginger anywhere, because it does have a distinctive taste. Questions, I’m struggling today: 1.Can batter be made a day ahead? Next time I will do so – thank you for your reply! Clearly, the okonomiyaki is not a meal for people on a diet, but a gluttony that is hard to say no! Gradually stir in the flour and salt until smooth. Originally from England, Andy started to train to be a chef after graduating university and moved to Japan to start his culinary journey. You had never made Japanese dinner and you made all these dishes!!!! I can’t find that yam so I used potatoes and it turned out OK for anyone wondering. Here’s what I suggested in the post. Talking about it really make me crave some okonomiyaki with mochi! Thank you so much for trying my Okonomiyaki recipe and for your kind feedback! This Easy Okonomiyaki recipe will give you a taste of Japan. They were a big hit but I’d really want these for an entree next time. Hi Colette! These days, Ao means blue in contemporary Japanese). Next time, however, I am going to make a half batch. All you need is to drop the batter in hot oil and scoop up when golden brown. Hi Caran! How interesting that you found my recipe through a post in a sourdough group! I think it comes down to personal preference. Thank you for your feedback. Hi Nami, I experimented with tofu the other day and the result is great! I have used your recipe many times, thanks for sharing. You … Heat your fry pan or hot plate on medium heat, approximately 170 degrees celsius, and then add some vegetable oil. Hi Joan! It seems like you made Hiroshima style Okonomiyaki (! The use of rice vinegar gives a punchier kick and the final sprinkle of MSG adds the extra umami flavour. It’s not the same… Tempura scrap has the greasy flavor from the oil (I know it sounds disgusting) that actually adds nice flavor, and the batter actually absorbs moisture and fluff up inside the butter. Your email address will not be published. It’s not easy to replicate the food made on a hot iron griddle at home, and okonomiyaki made on the iron griddle simply tastes better. Is it used often to thicken things? Thank you for trying this recipe and I’m so happy to hear you enjoyed it. I think I’m going to try it with kimchi next time since I have some that’s been around a while and is too strong to eat by itself. 160 g plain flour ▢ Hi Robert! Hi Nami, Thank you for taking the time to reply. This was amazing! Then you can print it out without ads etc. And bonito flakes ) https: // tapioca powder s always a myth when the food, I! 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