okonomiyaki (Japanese pancake)

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okonomi translates as "as you like it"; yaki "grilled". so grilled as you like, you can add whatever you want to this Japanese pancake, however you want.

you can literally empty out your fridge and use up leftovers to make this dish with. keep in mind, ingredients have different cooking times, as well as different moisture content (see Note), so some might need to be sauteed before incorporating into the filling . one guy on YouTube added potato chips to his: How to (cheat) cook Japanese okonomiyaki.

sometimes i just shred a whole bunch of vegetables, seal in freezer bag and then bring it down to make as i make dish as processing the food takes the longest.
Ingredients
base
1-2 eggs
3/4 c dashi (or vegetable broth)
1 c all-purpose flour
1 c cabbage, shredded
fillings (up to 3 additional cups of shredded/grated veggies or grains)
1 c carrots (about 2)
1 c sweet potato
4 green onions, chopped
1 small zucchini, grated
1 c cooked noodles (soba, rice vermicelli, angel hair,...) or rice
topping
1 fist of cheddar cheese!!
1 fried egg, over-easy
mayo (esp, Kewpie Mayo or Trader Joe's which has a certain sweet-tang that is similar)
beni-shoga (red or pink pickled ginger)
ao-nori (green seaweed)
wasabi
easy okonomi/tonkatsu sauce
1/4 c ketchup
2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
2 tbsp rice wine vinegar
1 tsp soy sauce
1/2 tsp mustard (Dijon or spicy brown or even wasabi)
 
Directions
1. beat together eggs, flour and dashi, or broth, 'til well-combined; mix in cabbage and add the rest of the other fillings.
2. heat skillet over medium heat and oil; pour/scoop 1/4 of the batter (less than 1 cup) into your skillet and form a 6-8 inch pancake.
3. fry for about 5-8 minutes, until golden brown, before carefully flipping, with a wide spatula or 2 smaller ones, and frying for another 5-8 minutes.
4. for your toppings, sprinkle cheese evenly on top, than flip again and fry no more than a minute, til cheese is crusty golden brown. at this point, you can flip it over again and add egg on top or keep the crusty cheese side on the bottom than add your egg.
5. transfer pancake to plate and add the rest of your toppings. serve and enjoy.
 
Notes:
Just Hungry has a more traditional recipe if you wanted to follow that.

The Anime Blog has a more easy DIY recipe to follow as well as includes an easy recipe sub for the okonomi sauce. some people use BBQ sauce and mix it with a little soy sauce as well as mustard to approximate the okonomi/tonkatsu sauce.

possible to make this recipe vegan and vegetarian by leaving out the dashi and replacing with vege broth as well as the cheese, mayo and egg (might be a little bit more difficult to keep ingredients together as egg serves as a binder). there are vegan Worcestershire sauces like Annie's or try this recipe here.

moisture content and the flippable pancake:
this is a biggie, because some veggies-like zucchinis-exude more juice than others-like sweet potatoes-which makes for a pancake that is much more difficult to flip. one work around is to stir fry them all up first before adding to the rest of the ingredients. if there's till some juice left, adjust the broth amount. possibly add cooked rice to soak up excess liquid.
Categories:
Meal   LunchCuisine   Japanese
Dish   Main DishMain Ingredient   Vegetables
Style   One Dish MealsPrep Time   15 to 30 minutes
Cooking Time   15 to 30 minutes 
Features   Dairy-Free, Vegan, Vegetarian




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