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Ohhhh my Okonomiyaki!

I have blogged quite a bit about how to eat healthier and how to add more veggies to your recipes.  I want to share with you my new favourite quick, healthy dinner, Okonomiyaki.

First a little background on Okonomiyaki.  It was invented in Japan just prior to WWII because of a shortage of rice and has evolved since.  It is sometimes referred to as a Japanese pizza or pancake but I think it is more like an omelette.  Directly translated it means "what you like, cooked" and that is the beauty of it.  Add what you like.  To me that translates into lots of veggies.

Pork, shrimp, tofu and even bacon can be added to it and it can also be topped with fish flakes, green onions or dried seaweed.  I have given the basic recipe below and you can add whatever veggies, protein and toppings you like.

I have also included a cheater version of the Okonomiyaki sauce if you can't find any locally. This recipe was actually given to me by a Japanese friend who says it will work in a pinch.

Okonomiyaki

2/3 cup flour
6 large eggs 
2 T light miso
1/4 cup dashi**
3 T  canola oil
1 yellow onion, thinly sliced
1/2 cup shredded white cabbage
2 carrots, peeled and chopped
1 cup broccoli, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 inch knob of ginger, peeled and finely chopped
pinch hot chilli flakes

Okonomiyaki sauce**
kewpie mayo**

Preheat the broiler to high.

In a medium bowl mix together the flour and the baking powder.  Whisk in the eggs, miso and dashi** (you can make the dashi from boiling water and a concentrated mix, just follow the directions) until well incorporated and there are no lumps.  Set aside.

Heat a 12 inch, non-stick skillet over med/high heat and add the canola oil and onion.  Cook for 8 minutes until the onion starts to soften.  Add the garlic, ginger, carrots, cabbage, chilli flakes and broccoli and cook for 5 more minutes.  Add the batter and cook for 5 minutes until the bottom of the okonmiyaki is set.  Transfer to the broiler and cook until the top is nicely browned.

Serve topped with a drizzle each of kewpie mayo** and okonmiyaki sauce**.

** available at Asian supermarkets

Short Cut Okonomiyaki Sauce

1/2 cup Worchestershire sauce
1/2 cup ketchup
2 T soy sauce
1 t Dijon
2 T honey
2 T oyster sauce

Mix.

 

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