Okonomiyaki means grill what you like, which is the reason why one of the ingredients just say additional ingredients. It can be any meat, vegetable or cheese. It’s been called a Japanese pizza since it can have any ingredients that you want in it. It’s also been called a Japanese pancake since it has a batter base. There are two types of okonomiyaki, and this is the Kansai style. Ever since I saw a Ranma 1/2 character called Ukyo cook okonomiyaki, I knew I had to figure out how to make it especially since the city I lived in didn’t have any Japanese restaurants that made this dish. Japanese food is more than just raw fish and rice. Give this traditional dish a try and discover a new side to Japanese cuisine.
- 2 cups flour
- 1 1/2 cups water
- 1 teaspoon instant dashi
- 6 egg yolks
- 1 1/4 pounds cabbage shredded
- 6 tablespoons scallions chopped
- additional ingredients
- 6 egg whites whipped to stiff peaks
- 2/3 cup tenkasu
- okonomiyaki sauce
- Japanese mayonnaise
- bonito flakes
Beat together flour, water, instant dashi and egg yolks until just combined.
Stir in cabbage, scallions and any additional ingredients.
Fold in 1/2 of egg whites to lighten batter then fold in the rest of the egg whites and tenkasu.
Oil nonstick pan and heat over medium high heat.
Add 1 cup of batter to the pan, cover and cook for 5 minutes.
Add additional oil to pan, flip over okonomiyaki, cover and cook for another 5 minutes.
Spread sauce over okonimiyaki, drizzle some mayonnaise, sprinkle aonori on and top with bonito flakes.
[:en]The tenkasu is used to make the batter more airy and adds a distinct flavor to the final product. Crisped rice cereal can be used as a substitute since tenkasu can be hard to find even in some Asian markets. However, instant dashi, okonomiyaki sauce, Japanese mayonnaise and bonito flakes are very easy to find in Asian markets. If aonori isn't available, use any seaweed based rice topping. Making your own dashi stock will taste the best, but instant dashi is fine since we're not using it as a primary ingredient like for a soup. Whipped egg whites are not traditional, but it helps to keep the batter from becoming too dense. Partially cook any of your additional ingredients and allow it to cool before adding it to the batter. One exception though would shrimp since it cooks very quickly.[:]