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Naoyoshi Sasaki's Basic Hiroshima Style Okonomiyaki

Cuisine: Japanese
Type: Pork, Vegetables
Courses: Dessert
Serves: 4 people

Recipe Ingredients

2 cups 474mlWater
2 cups 125g / 4.4ozJapanese or all-purpose flour
1/2 cup 118mlDashi (bonito stock) or broth
  Oil - as needed
4 teaspoons 20mlDried bonito flakes (katsuobushi)
4 cups 584g / 20ozChopped cabbage
1/4 cup 36g / 1.3ozDeep-fried tempura batter crumbs (tenkasu)
1/4 cup 15g / 0.5ozChopped green onions
1/4 cup 40g / 1.4ozBean sprouts
12   Thin slices pork - see * Note
4 cups 948mlCooked yakisoba (stir-fry) noodles
  Okonomiyaki Sauce - (see recipe)
4   Eggs
4 teaspoons 20mlDried green seaweed flakes (aonori)

Recipe Instructions

* Note: Often labeled sukiyaki style in Japanese markets.

Thoroughly mix water, flour and dashi in large bowl to make smooth batter. Heat lightly oiled griddle or skillet over low to medium heat.

Pour 1/3 cup batter onto hot griddle. Using ladle or spoon, spread batter in circle to create thin pancake about 7 inches across. Cook until lightly set, 1 to 2 minutes.

Sprinkle 1 teaspoon katsuobushi flakes over pancake. Next place 1 cup chopped cabbage, 1 tablespoon tenkasu, 1 tablespoon green onions and 1 tablespoon bean sprouts atop pancake. On top of this lay 3 slices pork, forming a sort of cover.

Drizzle 2 tablespoons batter over top of pork. Cook, covered, until top is lightly set, 2 to 3 minutes. Do not allow pancake to burn.

Using 2 spatulas, flip pancake and press top lightly to flatten slightly. Cook until pork is cooked through, about 5 to 7 minutes more.

Meanwhile, lightly saute noodles on side of skillet or griddle in 1 tablespoon Okonomiyaki Sauce. Form noodles into flat circle about size of pancake. Lift okonomiyaki and place atop noodles. Do not flip. Again, press down lightly with spatula.

On side of skillet or griddle, fry 1 egg, spreading yolk to create egg pancake about 7 inches across. Lift okonomiyaki and noodles and place atop egg. Cook 1 to 2 minutes more. Flip entire pancake.

Squeeze Okonomiyaki Sauce generously over top, then sprinkle with 1 teaspoon aonori. Using spatulas, cut okonomiyaki into 4 pieces. You may need to use both spatulas to pull pieces apart. Serve immediately. Repeat until all batter is used.

This recipe yields 4 okonomiyaki.

Each of 4 servings: 497 calories; 1,355 mg sodium; 116 mg cholesterol; 10 grams fat; 84 grams carbohydrates; 17 grams protein; 0.61 gram fiber.

The Los Angeles Times, 10-06-1999


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