Traditional Okonomiyaki- Japanese Cabbage Pancakes
Thank you to a friend who gave/found me this Okonomiyaki recipe. He said this is very close to what they use to make it at home. It’s not the most authentic recipe since that uses grated yam instead of flour.
I find that Okonomiyaki is great for any occasions. From lunches to dinners to large potluck party (we even served this at an event for ~100 people) you can easily make large batches of these to serve. And you can always vary the sizes of these depending on how you want to serve it.
The recipe is adapted from here. The recipe given doesn’t seem to allow the batter to ‘stick’ very well. So I’ve slightly modified parts of it in my version.
- 1 1/3 cup Okonomiyaki flour or flour (works just as fine)
- 2/3 cups chicken stock (I used 2 tbsp of chicken powder and mixed with water)
- 2 large eggs
- 1/2 of a large cabbage - sliced thinly (1 cm preferably)
- 1/2 cup green onion
- 1/3 cup Tenkasu
- 6 strips bacon - each sliced into 3 sections
- 1/2 cup shrimp - diced
- 1/3 cup Chinese sausage - diced (feel free to use other sausage though)
- Kewpie Mayonniase
- Okonomi Sauce (I used Takoyaki Sauce)
- Bonito Flakes
1. In a large bowl, whisk flour and stock together. Do try and make sure there are no flour clumps.
2. Add in eggs, cabbage, 2/3 of the green onion, Tenkasu, shrimp and sausage and mix until the the flour mixture is well incorporated with the ingredients.
3. Oil a pan until very hot at high heat. When the pan is ready, turn the heat down to medium. Scoop a spatula full of the mixture onto the pan. (Adjust the size as needed)
4. Use the spatula to flatten and form the pancakes.
5. Add Bacon pieces to cover top of each pancake.
6. After about 3 minutes, flip over pancake and cook for 4 minutes.
7. Flip pancake again (bacon side up) and cook for 3 minutes or until firm and well browned.
8. Remove to plates and drizzle with Kewpie mayonnaise, okonomi sauce and sprinkle with Bonito flakes.
You may have to search for a Japanese market around your area to get some of the ingredients. In Vancouver, there are several Japanese supermarkets and H-mart has most of these ingredients as well!