Trip Start Sep 15, 2007
24Trip End Nov 14, 2007
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Here's a short entry about one of our favorite Japanese dishes ... one that's not well known outside of Japan. It's called okonomiyaki, which roughly translated means "what you like cooked as you like it." It originated in the Osaka area, but has become popular throughout Japan. One of our hosts here explained they came up with it after WWII when there was a severe rice shortage - it doesn't entail any rice, a rarity in Japan.
It's sort of a cross between a pancake and an omelet - made with wheat flour (I think - there's a special okonomiyaki flour that is very finely ground and apparently has some special spices in it) and cabbage as the primary fillers - you also use egg, leek, often grated Japanese yams, and typically a few thin slices of pork
I know, it sounds pretty weird, but it's delicious! You often cook it yourself on a hot grill at your table at restaurants. Sometimes they cook it and serve you. Here are some photos from an outing to a nearby restaurant. Then Koji, the young man who's working with Bernd, helped me purchase the ingredients and wrote out a recipe complete with diagrams. I finally got brave and made it myself!! It turned out pretty well, too. It will be a challenge to find some of the ingredients in Albuquerque, but I think with the help of our good Asian market, I should be able to make it at home. :-)