Okonomomiyaki: A Japanese Pancake You Can Make How You Like It
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Okonomiyaki is a kind of savoury Japanese pancake, however, the name is derived from the word okonomi, which means “how you like it” — this means that when guests order okonomiyaki at speciality restaurants, the ingredients are given to the guests so they can cook their own okonomiyaki on the table which is fitted with a griddle. As this may turn out to be rather complicated, the guests are explained the steps by the restaurant team. Sometimes, the okonomiyaki is prepared by the chef right in front of the guests.

However, okonomiyaki is also popular street food. The technique is simple, yet the result is every bit delicious (as you’d expect from street food). If all this talk has tempted you to try okonomiyaki, we suggest you think of all the things you’d like to taste in your okonomiyaki and get into action! If you’d like to make your own version of okonomiyaki at home, you should definitely try this amazing recipe.


All-purpose flour 

Baking powder

Sea salt


Oyster sauce

Soy sauce




Cabbage, grated 



Green onions

Bean sprout




Oil for frying 


  • For the okonomiyaki batter, mix together the eggs, baking powder, soy sauce, flour and salt until smooth.
  • In another bowl, add cabbage, corn, shrimp, onions, mushrooms, cheese and bean sprouts. 
  • Now toss the vegetables in the flour batter.  Give it a nice stir. 
  • In a different bowl, add sugar, honey, oyster sauce and honey.  Mix everything together. 
  • Heat oil in a skillet over medium heat. Scoop some of that okonomiyaki batter on the pan. Flip the pancake on the other side, so both the sides are golden brown. 
  • Top with the sauce, kimchi and ketchup. 
  • Serve. 

Isn’t this recipe just making you drool? Go ahead, try it!