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Japanese Pan Cakes / Japanese Pizza Recipe - Okonomiyaki Recipe


Okonomiyaki is Japanese-style pancake or pizza. There are lots of toppings. As the name indicates (okonomi means favorites in Japanese), you can add your favorite ingredients.

Ingredients (serves 4):

[Batter]
3 cups flour (komugiko)
3 eggs (tamago)
3 cups water
1 tsp Japanese soup stock - powder form (dashi-no-moto) if available.
1/2 Japanese yam (yama-imo) if available.
0.5lb (200g) thinly sliced pork (butaniku usu-giri)
0.5lb squid (ika)
0.5lb peeled shrimp (shiba-ebi)
0.5lb octopus (tako) boiled
2/3 of a cabbage (kyabetsu)
1 cup chopped green onions (ban-no-negi)
1 cup (0.1lb/50g) small pieces of pre-deep-fried batt.er (agedama)
0.1lb (50g) red pickled ginger (beni-shoga)

[Sauce]
8 tbsps Japanese Worcester sauce (Ustah Sauce) or Okonomiyaki Sauce
6 tbsps tomato ketchup

[Toppings]
shaved, dried bonito flakes (katsuo-bushi)
dried green seaweed flakes (ao-nori)
mayonnaise
Japanese mustard (karashi) to taste.

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Preparation:

[Batter]
In a bowl, beat the eggs. Add 3 cups of water, the grated Japanese yam, 1 teaspoon of Japanese soup stock (powder) and mix well. Add the 3 cups of flour and use a whisk to mix until the ingredients blend well and runs smoothly. Cut pork into three or four equal portions. Cut squid into 2 inch (5cm) long pieces. Cut boiled octopus into 1.5 inch (3-4cm) long pieces. Shred a cabbage with core removed into 0.4 inch (10cm) pieces.

[Sauce]
Mix the Japanese Worcester sauce and tomato ketchup in a bowl.

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Directions:

1. Add the cabbage, green onions, small pieces of deep-fried batt.er, red pickled ginger, squid, octopus, and shrimp to the batt.er and mix in well.
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2. Preheat an iron plate (a hot plate or frying pan are optional if an iron plate is unavailable) and heat some salad oil. Ladle a scant single cup of the batt.er mixture onto the plate and spread out to form a circle. Spread the pork slices on the batt.er and pour 2 further tablespoons of batt.er over the top.

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3. Cook until the batt.er turns a golden color and use a metal turner to flip over.

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4. Press the concoction lightly and shape the edges to form a neat circular shape.

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5. Cook in this manner until the reverse side is golden.

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6. Flip once more and spread the sauce mixture over the upper surface.

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7. Sprinkle the dried green seaweed flakes and shaved bonito on the okonomiyaki and top with mayonnaise. Add mustard to taste. Okonomiyaki Recipe

Tips:

*Japanese Worcester sauce and okonomiyaki sauce are available at most Japanese supermarkets. Japanese Worcester sauce is generally sweeter than the western version and okonomiyaki sauce is sold especially for use on okonomiyaki.

Japanese Liquid Measures:

1 cup = 200ml = 6.76 fl oz
1 tablespoon = 15ml = 0.5 fl oz
1 teaspoon = 5ml = 0.16 fl oz

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