'okonomiyaki' on Serious Eats

The Nasty Bits: Pigs Feet Pancakes

The concept of pig parts in pancakes not as crazy as you might think. It's not like I'm suggesting that you put say, pig's snouts in your scones. And this is not your typical breakfast pancake, but okonomiyaki, a Japanese pancake made with shredded naga-imo (a type of mountain root), shredded cabbage, flour, eggs, and dashi. Additions to the pancake vary by region. Pork belly, various kinds of seafood and vegetables, mochi, and even cheese can go into the batter. If pork belly, why not trotters? And if trotters, why not snouts or ears? You see where I'm going with this. More

Okonomiyaki with Trotters

[Photograph: Chichi Wang] Note: Okonomiyaki sauce is a thick Worcestershire-like sauce that can be found in many Japanese or Asian grocers. If unavailable, combine 1/2 cup ketchup with 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce. I prefer sweet, tangy Japanese-style mayonnaise, such as... More

Okonomiyaki and Takoyaki at Otafuku

Ever since I tried okonomiyaki in San Francisco's Japantown two years ago, I've been looking for something in New York that tasted as good. If you've never had okonomiyaki, it's often described as a Japanese pizza—a thick pancake filled... More

Making Okonomiyaki at Home

Photograph from Spiegel on Flickr Matthew Amster-Burton explores the world of okonomiyaki-making with chef Johnathan Hunt at Boom Noodle in Seattle. Prior to opening Boom, Hunt had never heard of the dish, often described as a Japanese pizza pancake,* but now it's the best-selling appetizer on the menu. Amster-Burton surmised that it must be easy to make if a noob could go for zero to hero with it. In his piece on Gourmet.com, he gives some pointers on doing it yourself. * I hate using that shorthand for okonomiyaki, but everybody does it, eh? As a pizza nut, I'd like to point out that it's NOTHING LIKE PIZZA. That's like calling a Belgian waffle with strawberries and cream a... More

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