Sunday, 25 November 2007

Okonomiyaki - Japanese Pancake

This savourish pancake was invented in Japan during the second world war when the stock on rice was low. To still have a nutritious meal, they made up this pancake made of (yam) batter, cabbage and a lot of sauce. "Okonomi"means "what you like" in Japanese, as you can almost use whatever ingredient you like.

Ingredients (makes 4)

  • Flour - 300 grams
  • Water - 150 ml
  • Cabbage - 400 grams, Shredd without the hard white core
  • Eggs - 4 eggs
  • Chicken stock powder
  • Green onions, bacon, onions, carrots
  • Or whatever you like (squid, minced meat, noodles, cheese)


  • Okonomiyaki sauce (Jap Worcestershire sauce, buy in Japanese Supermarkets)
  • Japanese mayonaise
  • Benito flakes (dried fish flakes, buy in Japanese Supermarkets)

Mix the flour, water, eggs into a smooth batter. Add shredded cabbage and green onions in the batter.

Use a soup ladle to scoop the batter. Heat some oil in the frying pan. Fry one portion of batter in the pan. Keep the heat on medium. Wait till the bottom is cooked. Add some ingredients on top and flip the pancake. Fry the other side of the pancake.

Serve the pancake with the sauces and fish flakes.


Anonymous said...

hey i was wondering, if you add noodles to it is it better for the noodles be cooked before adding?

CookieKOO said...

I always thought you need one of those flat grills to make okomiyaki, hahahaa.
This looks so easy to make so I'll try it out this week.
Thanks a lot for this neat recipe! : D

Timothy Liao said...

You use the term "Jap" to describe this item. That is just not politcally correct

Anonymous said...

Uhmm..the author use the word 'Jap' to describe the sauce, not the Okonomiyaki. Yes, the term 'Jap' is considered an offensive slang but I don't think the author meant to offend anyone.