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Okonomiyaki

15 minutes prep
25 minutes active cooking
40 minutes total

Makes 12 fritters

A few years ago I got a cookbook called Japanese Soul Cooking by chef Tadashi Ono and food writer Harris Salat. It’s got simple, approachable recipes for ramen, gyoza, tonkatsu, curry, and other staples of Japanese home cooking. But the dish that I make the most from the book is okonomiyaki.

Roughly translated as “what you like, fried,” okonomiyaki typically combine shredded cabbage with a wheat flour batter to make a savory fritter that’s topped with several sauces and condiments. They’re basically Japanese fritters.

The book describes a couple of styles, with the Osaka version that adds thinly sliced pork belly the most common. But I also like the Hiroshima version with ground pork mixed into the batter. So I make a mashup of the two, but the pork belly step can be skipped, and you can leave the ground pork out, too. I also add a little mochiko rice flour, which gives the fritters a fluffy texture, and use Ayers Creek semolina instead of all AP white flour. It is, after all, what you like.

What you'll need

Ingredients

For the shopping list

4-5

Green Onions

1

Green Cabbage

1/2 pound of

Ground Pork

Pork Belly

1 teaspoon of

Baking Powder

From our shop

$3 - San Joaquin Valley - California

$8 - Gaston - Oregon

Durum Wheat Semolina

$7 - Olhão - Portugal

Fine Sea Salt

$16 - Newberg - Oregon

Instant Dashi

$7.50 - Cloverdale - Oregon

Farm Fresh Eggs

$9 - Portland - Oregon

Boat Sauce - Classic
Out of stock
1 teaspoon of Double Brewed Soy Sauce

$12 - Saitama - Japan

Double Brewed Soy Sauce

$19 - Miyazu - Japan

Pure Rice Vinegar

$8 - Hatermuma Island - Japan

Okinawan Brown Sugar

Equipment

From the kitchen

1

Chef Knife

1

Cutting Board

1

Skillet

1

Spatula

1

Mixing Bowl

1

Bench Scrapper

Measuring Spoons

Measuring Cups

What you'll have to do

Step 1

Mix 1/4 cup of Koda Farms Mochiko with 1 1/2 cups of Ayers Creek semolina flour with 1 teaspoon each sea salt and baking powder.

Step 2

Add the dashi into a cup and a half of water and blend it into the flour, then stir in a couple of eggs.

Step 3

Slice four or five green onions and a quarter head of green cabbage very thinly, then add them to the batter. Mix in a half pound of ground pork.

Step 4

Cut thinly sliced pork belly into pieces about 3 inches long. This recipe makes about 12 fritters, and you can put one or two pieces of belly on each one.

Step 5

Heat a skillet over medium and add enough olive oil to cover the bottom. Spoon in the batter to form fritters about 3 inches across. Lay a piece (or two) of belly on each fritter and gently press it into the batter. Cook over medium heat for about 5 minutes, then gently flip.

Step 6

Cook the other side with pork belly for another 5 minutes or so, them flip again. Continue cooking, flipping again if desired, until the Okonomiyaki are nicely browned on both sides. Keep the fritters warm on a plate in a low oven while you cook the rest of the batter. You’ll probably need to add oil occasionally.

For Bulldog-like Sauce

Mix a couple of tablespoons of Bobbie’s Boat Sauce with a teaspoon each of double soy, rice vinegar, and Okinowan brown sugar.

Sprinkle the Okonomiyaki with Burlap & Barrel Icelandic kelp, spoon a little of the Bulldog sauce, a few squiggles of Kewpie mayo, and a pinch of bonito flakes.

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Baking

Mochiko Sweet Rice Flour

Koda FarmsSan Joaquin Valley - California
$3
Durum Wheat Semolina
Rice & Grains

Durum Wheat Semolina

Ayers CreekGaston - Oregon
$8
Fine Sea Salt
Salt, Herbs, & Spices

Fine Sea Salt

NectonOlhão - Portugal
$7
Instant Dashi
From the Sea

Instant Dashi

Kuze Fuku & SonsNewberg - Oregon
$16
Boat Sauce - Classic
Sauces & Condiments

Boat Sauce - Classic

Bobbie's Boat SaucePortland - Oregon
$9
Out of stock
Double Brewed Soy Sauce
Sauces & Condiments

Double Brewed Soy Sauce

YugetaSaitama - Japan
$12
Pure Rice Vinegar
Vinegar

Pure Rice Vinegar

Iio JozoMiyazu - Japan
$19
Okinawan Brown Sugar
Baking

Okinawan Brown Sugar

Murakami SyotenHatermuma Island - Japan
$8
Mayo
Sauces & Condiments

Mayo

KewpieJapan
$9
Wild Icelandic Kelp
Salt, Herbs, & Spices

Wild Icelandic Kelp

Burlap & BarrelNorth Atlantic Ocean - Iceland
$10
Gold Bonito Flakes
From the Sea

Gold Bonito Flakes

Japan GoldMakurazaki - Japan
$10

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