In Japanese class, our teacher, Tanaka-Sensei, usually makes us do Japanese cooking projects over breaks. They are cultural projects that teach us more about Japanese culture. They’re super fun and simple to make! So today, I will be teaching you how to make お好み焼き (Okonomi-Yaki)! If you live in Southern California I recommend shopping at Tokyo Central (it is on Baker and Harbor in Costa Mesa) or Mitsuwa (it is on Bristol and Polarino in Costa Mesa) for your ingredients.
Ingredients (three 6-inch servings for 3 people):
- 1 pack of かつおぶし (katsuobushi) (optional)
- 1/2 cup of 天かす (tenkasu)
- 1 cup Otafuku Okonomiyaki Flour
- 3/4 cup Water
- 1/2 of a large whole Cabbage, shredded (about 4 cups
- 1/2 cup Green Onion, thinly chopped
- 3 Eggs
- 1 Tbsp Vegetable Oil
- 9 pieces of thinly sliced pork belly*
- Otafuku Okonomi Sauce – season to taste
Optional: Aonori Seaweed, べにしょうが (benishouga), and Japanese Mayonnaise
*If desired, use shrimp, squid, bacon, or other meat. For vegetarian preparation, use cheese or corn in place of meat.
Step 1: Prepare
- Mix Otafuku Okonomi-yaki Flour and water in a large bowl until the flour fully dissolves.
- Add cabbage, 天かす, green onions, and eggs to the flour mixture and combine gently.
- If you are using seafood, cut it into bite size pieces and add it to the mixture. Without overmixing, combine gently.
DO NOT OVERMIX!!
Step 2: Cook
- Place oil a medium size skillet on medium-low heat.** Divide the mixture into three sections and shape each portion into a 1/2″ thick patty. Place the patties in the skillet and layer the pork belly (or other meat) on top. Cook for approximately 3 minutes or until the bottom browns.
**If you are using an electric skillet, cook it at 400° F
LEAVE THE PATTIES ALONE! DO NOT PUSH THEM DOWN!
Step 3: Flip
- Flip the patty to cook the meat side (for approximately 4 minutes or until it is fully cooked.)
AGAIN, DO NOT PAT OR PUSH THE PATTY DOWN! LEAVE IT ALONE IN ORDER TO MAKE IT FLUFFY!
Step 4: Flip Again
- Flip the patties once more (with the meat side up) and cook for approximately 2-3 more minutes.
Step 5: Serve with Okonomi Sauce
- Remove the patties from the skillet and top them with Otafuku Okonomi Sauce; garnish with かつおぶし (and べにしょうが, Aonori Seaweed, or Japanese mayonnaise if you would like)
Good Luck in the kitchen!
Because this was a project we had some specific guidelines to follow. We always have to take pictures of:
- All of our ingredients
- Our self cooking
- Finished, and neatly decorated dish (Presentation is very important when cooking Japanese food)
- One of our friends or family members eating the food
- Our self eating the food we cooked
- Our self cleaning the kitchen
This project is always so fun. I always do it with my friends and we always have such a fun time cooking together!