I absolutely LOVE Okonomiyaki. It’s literal translation is “cook how you like”. It’s not lying to you. It’s usually described as a “savoury pancake” which sounds about as appetising as describing mushrooms as fungi. I would order mushrooms on pizza, but if I had to call it fungi, I would just have the soup.
Anyway, it’s base is like a batter, egg, and cabbage. Then you can add pretty much whatever you want. I usually have either pork or octopus and shrimp.
I found a cute little place that isn’t generally too crowded, and has okonomiyaki that you make yourself. Many have a problem with flipping it, and I usually do, but I had enough room to do it….so if you are curious, this is how you okonomiyaki the fuck out of lunch.
STEP 1. Heat the hot plate in front of you. It’s fucking hot, so don’t touch it.
Step 2. Get your mix all raw and shit.
Step 3. Start mixing it. It sounds so nasty when you are mixing it.
Step 4. Oil the hotplate and use the spatulas to spread the oil around
Step 5. Dump the mixture on the hot plate. Notice this pile looks a bit like….well….like a current (2017) political figure in office…..So, let’s make it look a bit less like a yellowing pile of disappointment into what this is supposed to be: okonomiyaki.
Step 6. Flatten the mixture with the spatula.
Step 7. Flip that shit. Like it’s time to vote!
Step 8. Smother it in sauce…I think this may be bulldog brand sauce.
Step 9. Mayonnaise. Not that Helman’s shit…..this is Japanese mayo which has little no nasty-ass preservatives.
Step 10. Sprinkle some green dried….uh….parsley? Seaweed? Dunno, but it is pretty and lightly flavours the okonomiyaki.
Step 11. Dried bonito flakes. These are if you like a tiny bit of fishy flavour. When close to heat, they dance around.
Step 12. Cut with spatula
Step 13. Eat the fuck out of it.