So, you’re not sure what okonomiyaki is. Naturally, the first thing you do is wiki it.
(from Wiki) “Okonomiyaki (お好み焼き?) is a Japanese savoury pancake containing a variety of ingredients. The name is derived from the word okonomi, meaning “what you like” or “what you want”, and yaki meaning “grilled” or “cooked””.
To be clearer, okonomiyaki is a pancake whose main base is cabbage and an egg, which holds the ingredients together. Half of you are already thinking “sweet, I love cabbage” while the other half are saying “Cabbage pancake, that’s vile.” I, like the latter of you, was a very staunch and avid anti-cabbage advocate as well prior to discovering this beautiful concoction, so you must believe me when I say that a “cabbage pancake” is 1,000 times beter than it sounds.
Okonomiyaki can than have a variety of other ingredients added in to it. Popular choices include cheese (a 4 cheese “oki” is especially scrumptious), pochizu (round discs of potato with cheese inside), seafood (shrimp, scallions, squid), meats (bacon, pork, sausage, hot dog), kimchi (spicy Korean vegetables), and a variety of other vegetables (tomatoes, peppers, etc.). Of course, the beauty of okonomiyaki that these can all be mixed and matched, usually with a fantastic result.
Below, I’ll present a visual tutorial of how to make okonomiyaki using tonight’s dinner as a guide. The selection: kimchi and pork.
Step 1: Obtain desired ingredients.
Step 2: Oil down the grille.
Step 3: Mix all the ingredients together until it resembles something you might encounter after a little too much sake.
Step 4: Pour ingredients on to grille.
Step 5: Pat oki into a circular shape and let sit for 5 minutes
Step 6: Flip (Undoubtedly the hardest part of the process. ALWAYS use two spatulas!)
Step 8: Slather on okonomiyaki sauce (described as a “sweet worcestershire sauce”) until your heart’s content.
Step 9: Apply copious amounts of mayonnaise. Swirl mayonnaise into some pretty design.
Step 10: Enjoy Japan’s greatest culinary delight since the sushi train.