Okonomiyaki - Cooked what You like.

 Friday, October 24, 2008

Okonomiyaki (お好み焼き) is a Japanese dish consisting of a pan-fried batter cake and various ingredients. Okonomi means "what you like" or "what you want", and yaki means "grilled" or "cooked"thus, the name of this dish means "cook what you like". In Japan, okonomiyaki is mainly associated with Kansai or Hiroshima areas, but is widely available throughout the country. Toppings and batters tend to vary according to region.

How to make okonomiyaki:

1. mix well okonomiyaki flour (normal white flour), water and eggs.
2. add chopped onion, cabbage, and extra ingredients you prepared into a bowl of mixed flour 1.
3. heat up a pan or hot plate, put some cooking oil, then grill all of '2' in a bowl and make a circle shape.
4. after 3-4 minutes, put sliced pork on top of it and flip over.
5. wait few minutes until the ingredients are cooked.


okonomiyaki sauce (Otafuku brand is popular)
katsuo-bushi (dried bonito flake)
aonori powder (dried green laver powder)


Kinoko Gohan

 Friday, October 17, 2008


uncooked Japanese rice
shimeji mushrooms (shimeji)
maitake mushroom (maitake)
carrot (ninjin)
ground chicken meat (tori-no-hikiniku)
sesame oil
soy sauce

Japanese mixed rice is cooked by boiling rice with sautéed dressings or with unsautéed ingredients. Sautéed dressings make the dish rich in flavor while the unsautéed variety lets the natural flavor of the ingredients come through. This recipe uses the dressing of sautéed mushroom and chicken to add a rich taste to the dish.


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