Reader's Recipe


This time, we are lucky to have our student, Mari Niikura, share Okonomiyaki (Japanese Savory Pancake) recipe. “Okonomi” in Japanese language, means “as you like.” We can put any ingredients we like for the Japanese pancake in addition to cabbage (most Okonomiyaki has cabbage). We can add meat, seafood, cheese, vegetable, Kimchi, and or many things! Okonomiyaki was invented to save wheat flour and vegetables in the past but later it became a popular food for lunch and dinner in Japan and all over Asia. Hope you will enjoy the recipe!

OKONOMIYAKI     <Japanese Savory Pancake>

½ cup all-purpose flour

½ cup soup stock (*Japanese “Dashi”)

1 egg

3-4 sheets bacon (or your favorite meat/sea food)

¼ cabbage

3 green onions

 1-2 spoons red pickled ginger

Pinch of salt

Topping:  * Japanese Okonomiyaki sauce (can be “Chuno-sauce”)


                  *Dried fish flakes (“Katsuobushi”)

                  *Dried sea weed flakes (“Aonori”)

* You can buy at Asian market


First, cut the cabbage and green onion.

Put all ingredients except bacon into a bowl.

Mix them well.

Put some oil on a frying pan, and put bacon on it.

Put the batter on the bacons.

Close the cap and bake it for 3-5 minutes.

Flip and bake another side few minutes.

Put the Okonomiyaki on the plate, and add toppings.

Tips: Please use a special sauce called “Okonomiyaki sauce” as topping for a tasty result.