Over the years, I’ve tried different versions of this dish. There are some things I’d still like to try: squid, kimchi, mochi, cheese…
In the past, I’ve made Chinese green onion pancakes, but it will be interesting to try negiyaki (a version of okonomiyaki made with onions), or the Korean pancakes called pajeon.
I’d also like to try Hiroshima-style okonomiyaki where the ingredients are layered rather than mixed, and also often topped with yakisoba or udon and a fried egg.
Japanese Stuffed Pancake
¼ cup tomato ketchup
1 ½ Tablespoons Worchestershire sauce
¼ teaspoon smooth French mustard
2 Tablespoons mirin
1 Tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon shoyu
In a small saucepan, combine these ingredients. Over medium heat, bring the sauce to a boil, then lower heat and cook for 3 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside.Batter:
1 cup Japanese cake flour
1 cup water or dashi
½ teaspoon salt
3 Tablespoons grated yama-imo, or 2 Tablespoons potato starch
Mix the batter in a suitable bowl. Divide into 2 bowls.
2-3 ounces beef steak, cut into small thin slices
2-3 ounces pork loin, cut into small thin slices
6 peeled and deveined shrimp, cut in half lenthwise
An equal amount of shredded cabbage to the meats, 1/8 head? (I used my mandolin to make a finely slicedvegetable.)
¼ cup thin sliced green onions
2 Tablespoons pickled ginger
Put equal amounts of the ingredients (or your choice) into the bowls with the batter. Make a depression in the stuff and add 1 egg to each bowl. Mix the ingredients of one bowl. (You will cook up the 2nd bowl after you eat the first.)
2 to 3 Tablespoons of vegetable oil
Heat a skillet over medium heat, add a bit of oil, and spread it around with a paper towel. Pour the contents of one bowl in and shape it into a circle about 7″ across. Cook until the bottom is golden. Use 2 spatulas to turn the pancake and press to flatten. Cook until it’s browned. Use a pastry brush to spread the sauce on the pancake. Sometimes people also add mayonnaise.
2 Tablespoons toasted and crumbled nori
¼ cup katsouobushi (bonito flakes)
Click on the handles above to see details about ingredients in the sauce.
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