A Taste of Something New – Okonomiyaki

A Taste of Something New – Okonomiyaki

By: Kyla HabrockIMG_5849

 

According to Wikipedia, okonomiyaki is a Japanese savory pancake containing a variety of ingredients. The name is derived from the word okonomi, meaning “what you like” or “what you want”, and yaki meaning “grilled” or “cooked”. Okonomiyaki is mainly associated with the Kansai or Hiroshima areas of Japan, but is widely available throughout the country. Toppings and batters tend to vary according to region.

Okonomiyaki is a Japanese dish that I had never heard of before. However, thanks to an invitation from Pam Wright, Family and Consumer Sciences Teacher at Elkhorn South High School, I am now familiar with and really love this tasty and simple cultural dish.

Approximately 80 students participated in the cultural cooking lab using pork at Elkhorn South High School. These girls pose with their okonomiyaki as it finishes cooking on the griddle.
Approximately 80 students participated in the cultural cooking lab using pork at Elkhorn South High School. These girls pose with their okonomiyaki as it finishes cooking on the griddle.

This is just one recipe — remember, okonomiyaki can include many different ingredients!

Ingredients:
1 cup flour
1 cup water
1 egg
5 ounces cabbaged, finely chopped
1 green onion, finely chopped
1 ounce cheese, shredded
3 1/2 ounces bacon
1 tablespoon oil

Optional sauce:
2 tablespoons soy sauce
2 tablespoons BBQ sauce
2 tablespoons ketchup

Directions:
Heat griddle or skillet over medium heat
Finely chop or shred cabbage and green onion
Mix flour and water, egg, cabbage, green onion, and cheese – do not over mix
Pour oil into griddle or skillet, then pour some of the picture into the sizzling griddle or skillet
Cook for 1 minute, then add bacon
Cook another 3-4 minutes on the first side, then flip
Cook on the second side for 4-5 minutes until the okonomiyaki is well done
Serve with sauce if desired