Okonomiyaki, Japan

by minibites

Convinced by my travel colleague once again, I fell into peer pressure to wait 30 minutes with a growling tummy for a table. And again, he was right – the food was fantastic, but the excitement and experience of watching them cook this on your table grill was worth the wait.

Okonomiyaki is a Japanese “pancake” served with a number of chosen ingredients, sometimes with yakisoba (noodles) and doused with teriyaki sauce and Japanese mayonnaise. It typically consists of a batter, diced meat and loads of cabbage and egg as the “base” – this is mixed up violently by the host and left to slowly fry for a while. The host returns and layers thick egg noodles on both sids and it is left to fry until crispy and golden. Finally it is served with the sauces and you are left with food shovels and chopsticks to cut and share.

A definite must eat when visiting Japan – but start before your hunger hits!

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