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Okonomiyaki

2019-01-24 12:35 / Posted by to Gourmet


Okonomiyaki (literally means ‘grilled as you like it’) is a savory version of Japanese pancake, made with flour, eggs, shredded cabbage, meat/ protein and topped with a variety of condiments. Better known as ‘Japanese pizza’ in the US, you can definitely prepare the filling and toppings however you like it. A wonderful way to use up your leftovers!

Among all the Osaka specialty, Takoyaki (たこ焼き) and Okonomiyaki (お好み焼き) are most well-known. Today I’m sharing the Okonomiyaki recipe with you so you can make this popular dish at home!

INGREDIENTS

400 grams: Cabbage (~half a small head)

60 grams: Scallions (~2, thinly sliced)

10 grams: Katsuobushi

140 grams: All-purpose flour (~1 cup)

280 grams: Nagaimo (peeled and grated)

2 large: Eggs

1/2 cup: Dashi (or cold water)

9 slices: Bacon

Okonomiyaki sauce

Mayonnaise

Aonori

Katsuobushi

Benishoga

STEPS:

1. Remove the core and tough parts of the stems from the cabbage and shred it.

2. In a large bowl, combine the shredded cabbage, scallions, katsuobushi, and all-purpose flour, tossing with two large forks or your fingers to distribute everything evenly.



3. Peel the nagaimo and grate it into a separate bowl. You can also roughly chop it and puree it in a food processor.

4. Add the eggs and dashi, and whisk together until the everything is uniformly incorporated.

5. If you want to add other filling ingredients, this is the time to do it. Decide whether your additions will incorporate better into the dry ingredients or wet ingredients and mix them in accordingly.



6. Pour the wet ingredients into the cabbage mixture and stir together until all the cabbage has been moistened and there are no large lumps of flour, but be careful not to overmix. It's fine if there are still some small clumps of flour.

7. Lay out the bacon in a cold pan, overlapping slightly to account for shrinkage. If you aren't using bacon, you'll need to add a few teaspoons of vegetable oil to the pan.



8. Add a third of the cabbage mixture into a mound on top of the bacon. Press down on the mound using a spatula to flatten out the top and then push the edges back towards the center to make a round pancake that's roughly the same thickness from edge to edge (it should be about 3/4-inch thick).



9. Cover with a lid and cook until the bottom is well browned (about 7 minutes).



10. Flip the okonomiyaki. If you are unsure about your flipping abilities, lightly oil and preheat a second pan, then you can use the second pan to cover the first and flip the okonomiyaki straight into the second pan using oven mitts to hold the hot pans.

11. Press down on the top of the okonomiyaki with a spatula and cook uncovered until the second side is browned as well (about 7 minutes).

12. Slide the okonomiyaki out of the pan onto a plate and top with chuno sauce, mayonnaise, aonori, katsuobushi and benishoga.


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