Okonomiyaki is a Japanese savory pancake containing a variety of ingredients. The name is derived from the word okonomi, meaning “how you like” or “what you like”, and yaki meaning “cooked” (usually fried). 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.
I copied this exactly from wikipedia. They could explain it better than me anyway. Normally this is made with meat, of course you can always do this if you want to make it more traditional. I chose to come up with a veg variant. I am a huge fan, it is super tasteful, crispy and soft on the inside. Oh and that sauce, amazing!
Makes: 3 servings
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 10 minutes
Equipment: Frying pan
3/4 cup of flour
1/2 cup of broth
2 cups of cabbage (200 grams)
3 spring onions
2 tablespoons breadcrumbs (Panko works best)
salt and pepper
3 tablespoons of oil
4 tablespoons ketchup
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce (is not vegetarian, contains anchovies, you can find a vegetarian version at an organic or special supermarket)
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 tablespoon rice vinegar
1 tablespoon sugar
First, cut the spring onion and the cabbage into small pieces and put them in a large bowl. In the same bowl, add the flour, breadcrumbs and a pinch of pepper and salt. Mix everything well and set aside. Mix the eggs and the broth in a smaller bowl and then add them to the large bowl. Stir everything well again.
Place the frying pan over medium heat with a tablespoon of oil in it. Heat the pan well and add 1/3 of the mixture to the pan. Make a circle of it. The pancake must be approximately 1 cm thick. Fry on both sides for about 4 minutes, until it is nicely golden brown and crispy. You can always add some extra oil if you want it even more crispy. Fry the other 2 pancakes exactly the same and sprinkle with a little extra salt as soon as they come out of the pan
To make the sauce you simply mix all the ingredients in a small bowl and it is ready to go. Serve the pancakes with this sauce and possibly some Japanese mayonnaise.