Recipe: Quick Okonomiyaki
Basically "Cabbage Pancakes" - absolutely delicious Japanese comfort food.
Makes 1 large pancake (to share), or 2-4 smaller pancakes.
- 3 tablespoons flour
- 1/2 teaspoon soy sauce
- 1/2 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
- 3 eggs
- half a sweetheart or white cabbage
- 2 spring onions
To serve on top (if you can get it):
- Bonito Flakes
- Aonori Seaweed Flakes
+ Any toppings! I suggest bacon or prawns, but feel free to experiment!
- Shred the lettuce into thin strips
- Trim and slice the spring onions
- Mix together the flour, soy sauce, sesame oil, and eggs in a bowl
- Add a good pinch of salt into the bowl mixture and combine
- Fold in the lettuce and spring onions
- Heat a large pan with plenty of vegetable oil to coat the bottom of the pan
- Once hot, pour your mixture into the pan and fry
- Place your ingredients on top of the pancake and cover until the underside has browned, around 3-4 minutes (you could try a splash of water to help steam the ingredients if you wish)
- Flip (you may need a couple of spatulas if it is a large pancake!) and cook the other side until also browned
Sprinkle with Bonito flakes and Aonori Seaweed Flakes. Serve drizzled with Kewpie mayonnaise and vegetable & fruit sweet sauce (often just named "Okonomiyaki Sauce"). You can find these sauces in most Asian supermarkets, look for bottles that are in bags like this:
Extra brownie points if you have a chopstick or toothpick to hand: drizzle both sauces over the pancake in lines and use a toothpick in the opposite orientation to create a pattern like this: