【お好み焼き (okonomiyaki)】Japanese savory pancake
お好み (okonomi) means as you like, which means you can choose what you want in your okonomiyaki.
Kansai-style vs Hiroshima-style
Have you heard of the 関西風 Kansai-style and 広島風 Hiroshima-style お好み焼き?
While the Kansai-style is a thick and dense type of pancake, the Hiroshima-style is grilled yakisoba noodles and a layer of steamed cabbage sandwiched between two layers of thin crepes. For the Kansai-style, the ingredients are mixed in the batter and grilled.
Cabbage, pork and seafood are the main ingredients for both styles, but there is usually a side menu of additional ingredients such as cheese, mochi, and kimchi. You can order the additional toppings or ingredients, depending on your liking, your お好み.
Both are topped with okonomi sauce (sweeter and thicker than worcestershire sauce), かつお bonito flakes, 青のり green seaweed flakes, and mayonnaise.
If you want to make okonomiyaki at home, you can buy お好み焼き粉 okonomiyaki flour and お好みソース okonomi-sauce at the supermarket.
How to Make Kansai-style Okonomiyaki
The Hiroshima-style is a challenge to make at home, but the Kansai-style is quite easy.
Chop up some cabbage, mix it with the batter along with your preferred ingredients.
Grill one side, top with thin slices of pork, flip, and finish grilling the other side.
Top your okonomiyaki with the okonomi-sauce, mayonnaise, and toppings.