Okonomiyaki (Japanese Cabbage Pancakes)

[Photograph: Sydney Oland]

Note: Dashi can be made by combining 1 quart of water with a 6-inch piece of kombu (sea kelp) and bringing it to a simmer over high heat. Remove from heat and add 1 cup of loosely packed katsuobushi flakes. Alternatively, dashi can be purchased in powdered form.

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Okonomiyaki (Japanese Cabbage Pancakes)

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About This Recipe

Yield:Makes 4 large pancakes
Active time:45 minutes
Total time:45 minutes
Special equipment:large non-stick skillet
This recipe appears in: Sunday Brunch: Okonomiyaki (Japanese Cabbage Pancakes)

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/3 cups dashi or low-sodium chicken stock (see note above)
  • 4 eggs, beaten
  • 8 cups finely chopped cabbage
  • 2 cups chopped raw shrimp
  • 8 scallions, sliced, divided
  • Kosher salt, to taste
  • 8 slices bacon, sliced in half
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • Kewpie Mayonnaise
  • Okonomiyaki or tonkatsu sauce
  • Toasted sesame seeds
  • Pickled ginger

Procedures

  1. 1

    In a large bowl whisk together flour, dashi or stock, and eggs. Add chopped cabbage and mix so that the cabbage is gently crushed into the batter. Fold in shrimp and scallion whites then season with salt.

  2. 2

    Heat 1/2 tablespoon vegetable oil in a large non-stick skillet over medium high heat until shimmering. Add 1/4 of the batter, gently pushing the batter down with a spatula until flattened. Cook until underside is browned, about 4 minutes, then place 4 pieces of halved bacon on the top side. Gently flip the pancake so that the side with the bacon is now cooking. Cook until the bacon is crisp and the pancake is cooked through, about 5 more minutes. Serve immediately with mayonnaise, okonomiyaki sauce, toasted sesame seeds, pickled ginger, and scallion greens. Repeat with remaining pancakes.

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