Wednesday, October 16, 2013

30 Things You Should Know and/or Will Love about Japan Series: # 27

#27: Okonomiyaki
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As the weather starts to change this time of year, I start to crave more okonomiyaki.

Okonomiyaki is a savory thick pancake that can contain a variety of ingredients.  The most common is cabbage, egg, flour and some pork belly.  You can get a lot of variations of this, including the addition of noodles, shrimp, squid, mochi or even cheese.

One of my favorite places to get it from is the guy who has a stand out in front of Pantry (one of the grocery stores on island).  There are many okonomiyaki restaurants around Japan, some where you make your own and others where it is brought to you.

Okonomiyaki is mainly associated with the Kansai region (the area in which we live) and Hiroshima (where we will also travel).  In Kansai it is more of a mixed pancake while one in Hiroshima is more layered.

I always order it "nashi mayonnaise" (without mayo).  I love to watch the bonto flakes dance on top as it "melts' into the hot okonomiyaki.  I like the okonomiyaki sauce on it - it's hard to explain, but maybe a mix of Worcestire sauce/ Teriyaki sauce.  (That may be a stretch).

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Itadakimasu!  いただきます!
(Japanese version of Bon Appetit!)

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