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The Cookbook Challenge Week 14 – Okonomiyaki (Japanese Pancake)

Posted on | February 21, 2010 | Asian Recipes, Recipes | 14 Comments


Theme: Japanese

I love Japanese food but it’s a cuisine I rather eat out than try to learn to make it myself (apart from the odd sushi rolls once in a very long while). For this week’s Japanese theme I don’t have any Japanese cookbooks for inspiration. I remember bookmarking a recipe for Japanese savoury pancake (okonomiyaki) a couple of months ago from Closet Cooking and decided that I was going to make it for this week’s theme. I wanted to make this as I thought it was a great way to get some vegetables into my 3 year old. The key ingredients for this dish is the batter and cabbage and the rest you just put in whatever you like. It is so simple and versatile.

Okonomiyaki Japanese Pancake

Adapted from Closet Cooking

1.5 cup plain flour
1 cup water
2 eggs
2 cups packed (shredded)
1/2 cup carrot, grated
1 cup zucchini, grated
1 green onion (chopped)
1/2 cup chicken (but you can also use prawns or bacon)
Oil for frying
Okonomiyaki sauce
Japanese Mayonnaise
Bonito fish flakes
Seasoned seaweed sheet


1. In a large bowl, mix the flour, water, egg to form a batter. Add cabbage, carrot, zucchini and spring onions.

2. Heat some oil in pan. Fry the meat until cooked.

3. Pour in 1/4 of mixture into pan. Cook on medium heat until golden brown on both sides.

4. Once cooked removed from pan and onto plate. Top with okonomiyaki sauce, mayonnaise, bonito fish flakes and seaweed.


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14 Responses to “The Cookbook Challenge Week 14 – Okonomiyaki (Japanese Pancake)”

  1. chocolatesuze
    February 22nd, 2010 @ 3:59 pm

    awesome i love okonomiyaki but never thought of making it! hey was wondering if you have an rss feed?

  2. Yen
    February 24th, 2010 @ 11:39 pm

    Hi Chocolatesuze, thanks. I don’t have an rss feed but will add one soon.

  3. Namiko
    February 25th, 2010 @ 1:59 pm

    WOW!! looks perfect “Okonomiyaki”
    You’re a gooooooood chef
    Amy liked it?

    My 2yr old son loves Okonomiyaki
    we put an electric hot plate on a table and make one for each
    when i’m too lazy to cook, we sometimes go to Okonomiyaki restaurant on weekends too
    my husband likes ones including poke, me cheeze, son sticky rice(called “Mochi”)

    try different ingredients!!
    try more Japanese food!!

    Hope you remember me ,btw
    when i got pregnant Dave tossed me your address

  4. Namiko
    February 25th, 2010 @ 2:01 pm

    not poke but pork
    since i left nz, my english got worse and worse…sob sob

  5. Yen
    February 25th, 2010 @ 10:45 pm

    Hi Namiko, nice to hear from you again. I love Japanese food but haven’t cooked much of it cause I didn’t know where I could find the ingredients, but I recently found a Japanese grocery close to where I work so hopefully I can try out some more Japanese recipes. Amy is fussy and not adventurous with her food at all. I love the decorative bentos and hoping to make her food looks cute and fun that she would gobble it up.

  6. Rilsta @ My Food Trail
    March 1st, 2010 @ 1:07 pm

    Okonomiyaki is one of my must order dishes whenever I go out for Japanese food if the restaurant has it, but funnily enough I have never tried to make it at home! Yours looks great, you even put on the bonito flakes!

  7. Conor @ HoldtheBeef
    March 1st, 2010 @ 7:21 pm

    This okonomiyaki looks PERFECT!!! So pretty :) I really do need to make this one of these days.

  8. Rizka
    March 2nd, 2010 @ 5:46 am

    this looks so delicious.. Okonomiyaki is one of my favourite dish. It’s just about the right size for me if I am not too hungry :) not to forget the goodness this dish has with all the vegies inside..

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  10. Glutenshmooten
    March 2nd, 2010 @ 8:36 pm

    Oh this looks delicious…this is one of my favourite Japanese dishes too. Yours looks restaurant quality well done!

  11. Mark @ Cafe Campana
    March 13th, 2010 @ 12:07 pm

    Mmmmmm deliciousness! I really like the look of this dish. I will have to give it a go sometime.

  12. betty
    July 5th, 2011 @ 12:18 pm

    thanks for the recipe, it looks gr8!

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  14. Four Plates
    August 6th, 2014 @ 6:47 am

    I’m definately making this! Looks delish!

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