I have never really tried it yet. Or maybe I have and I just didn’t know what it was called? I rarely eat or order pancakes in any Japanese restaurant, so making this was quite a challenge. Like anything you don’t know the flavor of, you have really no idea what flavor to “follow” or to copy. But I just took it as best as I could.

All of the good stuff
All of the good stuff
Cooking. Looks dry.
Cooking. Looks dry.

An okonomiyaki is a Japanese pancake which is basically, they say, a put in whatever you want kind of pancake. And I think that is the best kind I like. It is a savory pancake, with vegetables and all the good stuff in it. What you put in it depends on what you like. This recipe, which I used as a guide, suggested Chinese sausage. It also skipped the grated yam and all (although it did mention it in the lower part of the article). I took most of it as suggestions. I did scan some earlier recipes which had different suggestions.

Cooked and pretty
Cooked and pretty

Okonomiyaki Recipe

1 small yam, about the size of two thumbs, grated
1 egg
1/4 to 1/3 cup of water
1//4 of a small cabbage, sliced
1/4 cup of carrots, sliced
a couple of stalks of leeks, sliced
1 chinese sausage, sliced
2 pieces of shrimp, sliced
fish sauce, about a teaspoon
salt and pepper
panko bread crumbs

Mix the wet ingredients, yam, egg, and water to a batter. Season with fish sauce. Mix in all the proteins and vegetables. It will be a dry batter. In a medium heat pan, place all of the mixture in the pan. Place some of the bread crumbs on top of the mixture. Let it cook covered, about 2 to 3 minutes. Flip quickly and gently and cook the other side for a good 3 minutes until brown. Then flip it again afterwards for a final cooking. Slip into a plate, and sprinkle with your choice of topping. Usually there is bonito and kewpie mayonnaise and okonomiyaki sauce. Serve! 🙂


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