Just finished our Okonimiyaki Day. My husband, from Osaka, fancies himself an okonomiyaki expert, so he did all of the actual cooking.
We did four kinds, but were full by the third, so we'll be brunching on okonomiyaki tomorrow. This is not a problem.
Here are the ingredients:
We made a basic kiji (batter) of flour, baking powder, egg, sakura-ebi (tiny dried pink shrimp), dashi powder, grated yama-imo (mountain yam), and water.
For each okonomiyaki, we'd mix this kiji with finely sliced cabbage and whatever extras we felt like, including beni-shoga (red pickled ginger), cheese, chopped kimchi, age-dama (little deep-fried balls of tempura batter), and chopped negi (green onion).
The batter is then cooked with pork, and for the modan-yaki, yaki-soba noodles; then the okonomiyaki is topped with whatever seasonings we feel like: okonomiyaki sauce, soy sauce, katsuo-bushi (bonito flakes), and more chopped negi. We usually also use ao-nori (seaweed flakes) but we forgot to buy it. Mayonnaise is banned in this house.
First up is kimchi-cheese okonomiyaki.
This was hands-down the best okonomiyaki of the day. I think the cheese we used was key- we used an aged New Zealand Cheddar, which really stood up to the kimchi. I think regular Japanese grated cheese would have been underwhelming.
This okonomiyaki had such a strong flavour that we didn't need to add any sauce- just a splash of soy sauce and a sprinkly of katsuo-bushi.
This will become a regular item on our okonomiyaki menu.
This is a regular okonomiyaki topped with plain yaki-soba noodles. Topped with lots of the usual sauce and katsuo-bushi.
Here it is ready to go:
Next, tompei-yaki, an item only found in a few down-market Osaka okonomiyaki houses.
Very very simple- just a flour and water batter pancake, fried egg and pork , cooked seperately and then stacked into one.
Topped with sauce, negi and katsuo-bushi.
The last two were regular okonomiyaki with age-dama, beni-shouga and pork:
A bit burnt, but we weren't really paying attention. These are just for leftovers.
Edited by smallworld, 02 October 2004 - 09:45 PM.