Recipe Okonomiyaki

Okonomiyaki, often referred to as Japanese savory pancakes, is a delicious and versatile dish that hails from Osaka. It's made with a batter of flour, eggs, shredded cabbage, and various other ingredients depending on personal preference. Below is a detailed recipe along with tips, variations, and nutritional information.

Ingredients

For the Batter:

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup dashi or water
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cups shredded cabbage
  • 1/2 cup green onions, chopped
  • 1/4 cup tempura scraps (tenkasu) (optional)
  • 2-3 strips of cooked bacon or pork belly (optional)

For the Toppings:

  • Okonomiyaki sauce (similar to a thick Worcestershire sauce)
  • Japanese mayonnaise
  • Aonori (seaweed flakes)
  • Katsuobushi (bonito flakes)
  • Pickled ginger (beni shoga) (optional)

Preparation

Step 1: Prepare the Batter

  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour and dashi (or water). Mix until smooth.
  2. Add the egg and mix until well incorporated.
  3. Fold in the shredded cabbage, green onions, and tempura scraps (if using).

Step 2: Cooking the Okonomiyaki

  1. Heat a non-stick skillet or griddle over medium heat and lightly oil it.
  2. Pour a portion of the batter onto the skillet and spread it into a circle about 1/2 inch thick.
  3. Place the strips of cooked bacon or pork belly on top of the batter.
  4. Cook for about 3-4 minutes on one side until the bottom is golden brown and crispy.
  5. Flip the pancake and cook for an additional 3-4 minutes on the other side until the meat is cooked through and the pancake is set.

Step 3: Adding Toppings

  1. Once cooked, transfer the okonomiyaki to a plate.
  2. Drizzle with okonomiyaki sauce and Japanese mayonnaise in a crisscross pattern.
  3. Sprinkle with aonori and katsuobushi.
  4. Add pickled ginger on top if desired.

Tips

  • Batter Consistency: The batter should be thick but pourable. Adjust the liquid amount as necessary to achieve the right consistency.
  • Even Cooking: Use a lid to cover the pan while cooking to ensure the okonomiyaki cooks evenly and thoroughly.
  • Serving: Okonomiyaki is best served hot off the griddle. Prepare and serve each pancake immediately for the best experience.

Variations

  • Seafood Okonomiyaki: Add shrimp, squid, or scallops to the batter for a seafood twist.
  • Vegetarian Okonomiyaki: Skip the meat and add extra vegetables like carrots, mushrooms, or bell peppers.
  • Cheese Okonomiyaki: Sprinkle shredded cheese on top before flipping for a cheesy version.
  • Modern Okonomiyaki: Use noodles (yakisoba or udon) in the batter to create a heartier, more filling dish.

Nutritional Information (Approximate per Serving)

  • Calories: 350-450 kcal
  • Protein: 15-20g
  • Carbohydrates: 30-40g
  • Fat: 15-25g
  • Fiber: 3-5g

Note: Nutritional values can vary based on specific ingredients and portion sizes.

Conclusion

Okonomiyaki is a delightful and versatile dish that offers a blend of flavors and textures, making it a favorite among many. With simple ingredients and a straightforward preparation process, it can be easily made at home. Whether you stick to the classic recipe or explore various adaptations, okonomiyaki is sure to satisfy your taste buds and provide a unique culinary experience. Enjoy this savory Japanese pancake with your family and friends!

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