Okonomiyaki – My Favorite Japanese Dish

Every time I do a post on Japan, I will find a way to talk about food! Yep, I love food. The eating part, the cooking not so much. I have tried many Japanese dishes, although I am yet to try the seafood delicacies that are served on special occasions like New Years  Eve/Day (Christmas is not that big of deal in Japan, but it is somewhat celebrated). They include delicacies like Octopus and crab. Someday I shall try them.

Japanese food for New Years's Day

Japanese food for New Years’s Day

For now, my favorite dish is okonomiyaki. In Japanese, that is お好み焼き. And there is this restaurant where I have been to twice, they let you make your own. Fear not, it takes about 10 minutes to cook once they bring you the ingredients. It is a dish that’s pan-cake/pizza-like. It has various meats and veges inside, and then it’s cooked on a special pan.

The end result is then decorated by a soy-like sauce, fish-dressing (can’t remember the name), sometimes mayonnaise and it should look like this:

Okonomiyaki.. delicious

Okonomiyaki.. delicious

The restaurant we went to is just 2 minutes walk from where I stay. It’s called 古川, which means Old River. They give you a menu and you get to choose what ingredients you want in your okonomiyaki.

Ingredients for okonomiyaki

Ingredients for okonomiyaki

Friends mixing up the ingredients before the cooking begins

Friends mixing up the ingredients before the cooking begins

Pour everything onto the hot plate, already oiled, and watch it cook

Pour everything onto the hot plate, already oiled, and watch it cook

Flip it over and decorate

Flip it over and decorate

The end result? Does it look like anything in the first picture? Hmm.. close enough.

Was it delicious? Totally. おいしいですよ!

The end result

The end result

Washed down with a beer, it’s the perfect Friday night meal with friends!

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4 Responses to Okonomiyaki – My Favorite Japanese Dish

  1. jke says:

    Aaahhh, oishii desu ne!

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  2. woolie says:

    It sounds like quite a clever trick getting the patrons to cook their own meals. I bet they hardly get complaints – Hahahahaha. Thanks Savvy

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