Shawn learned how to make this when he was stationed in Japan for two years.  In the restaurants there, the okonomiyaki pancake is cooked on the table right in front of where each person sits, and it comes in a variety of types and flavors.  It is topped with okonomi sauce and mayo.  I’d never had (or heard of) this before, but he made it for me a while back and I absolutely love it.  Very versatile and makes for a fun and easy dinner that we both like.

  • 1 cup flour
  • 2/3 cup water or chicken stock
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 cups finally chopped cabbage
  • 2 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup bonito flakes*
  • Pork, chicken, or sausage diced or finely chopped
  • Mayonnaise
  • Okonomi

In a large bowl, whisk together Flour and Water until smooth. Add Eggs, Cabbage, Onions, bonito flakes, bread crumbs, and meat and mix, but don’t over mix.  Spray or oil a griddle and add Okonomiyaki mixture divided into two pancakes.  After about 3 minutes, flip over pancake and cook for 4 minutes.  Flip pancake again and cook for 3 minutes or until firm and well browned.

Remove to plate and drizzle with Kewpie mayonnaise and okonomi sauce.

*Okonomi suace and bonito flakes can be food at Asian grocery stores or purchase them online.


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