Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Okonomiyaki -Japanese Pancake

I set my alarm to 5.30 am for the next morning and I double checked to make sure my alarm clock works coz I have an important assignment to do …making Okonomiyaki also known as Japanese pancake, for the Piggies before I go to work :) and to make sure I have enough time for my photography session too ^ *

I prepared the batter and fillings the night before and leave them to rest in the fridge. I read somewhere that it relaxes the gluten in the flour.

Actually, my Piggies are sick of eating out for breakfast most days, so I thought why not make them this okonomiyaki for breakfast….something different and it turned out a real surprise , for it looked and tasted like a pizza and a pancake…a Japanese pizza-pan….:P

I don’t know whether it was the thought of Momsie making this pancake that makes Piggy gal wants to wake up earlier than me…she is very excited each time I try sometime new. But just the same, I was happy she was there to help me get things done. Save a lot of time and I have a free worker :)) and she goes muttering… “ mmmmm.. smell nice, I am sure it will turn out delicious…” You know, I can’t help smiling to myself when I heard that. I asked her… “ you must be very hungry ” which she replied. “.Yesss.. I am ” . Haha, I don't named them my Piggies for nothing :P

Very easy to prepare and it tasted fantastic…. A pizza and a pancake together so you can imagine how delicious it is! When Piggy boy woke up after my photograph session, he asked “ What’s that nice smell…and I told him “ help yourself ” and he goes….” What’s this..pizza? ” He told the sister, this is darn good….. haha it really makes my day and you can guess, I went to work a happy lady, beaming the whole time and I can’t wait to put this up for someone special…(yes it is you… Piggy Cousin ) to drool :P ( for now juz droool... )

mmmm......these octopus so deliciously good on the okonomiyaki

bonito flakes on the hot pancake incites the hunger pang in us

a slice of heaven went to Piggy gal..of course :) she deserves it!

japanese mayo for those who loves it...Piggy boy doesn't like it :(

Okonomiyaki - Japanese Pancake-a winner for sure

Okonomiyaki - Japanese Pancake

Ingredient for the batter
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/3 cup water
2 eggs
a pinch of table salt
a dash of white pepper
2 cups of cabbage – chopped
2 scallions – chopped
½ cup carrot – shredded
1 small red bell pepper – julienne
1/3 cup cheddar cheese
½ cup bonito flakes
1 cup marinated baby octopus ( bought ready-made from Jusco)
japanese mayo
tonkatsu sauce /worcestershire sauce
nori flakes


Combine all the batter ingredients together till well mixed
Leave it in the fridge to rest for at least 1 hr ( I leave them overnight)
Add in the filling ingredients and mix well.

Heat up the cast iron skillet pan with some olive oil over medium heat until hot. Pour the combined batter mixture on the pan and level it evenly to ½” thick. Add in the octopus and lightly cover the octopus with the batter.

Allow this to fry till the bottom is set and lightly brown before you flip it over.Using a wooden spatula press it down . Repeat the flip action one more time till both sides are evenly browned.

Take it out and squirts the Japanese mayo and the tonkatsu sauce on the top of the pancake Serve it while it is still hot.

Enjoy !



  1. Dear Elin!
    Great pics and recipe as usual!
    Your kids don't know how lucky they are!
    Okonomiyaki was "invented" almost silmuteanously in Osaka and Hiroshima, although the styles greatly differ.
    It was the only food available on stands in Japan just after WWII.
    You can imagine why it is still so popular!

  2. i think i'm gonna make this this weekend, hopefully my boyfriend enjoys it... but i can't find the marinated octopus (idako) so maybe i will substitude it with other seafood.

  3. Elin, I too want this for my breakfast. Can you make it for me? I am so hungry just looking at it. I do have a packet of Okonomiyaki mix in my pantry. Maybe is time to make some :)

  4. yup, one of my fav Japanese snacks!

    nice idea, putting thosee marinated octopus as topping.

  5. Hi Robert,we are blessed..kids love eating and the Momsie loves cooking & baking...good combo LOL..and thanks so much for the info on this jap pancake. Now it is not only popular all over the world but it has become popular overnite at the home of the Piggies too ^* It's a winner alright!

  6. @ Cindy Khor : Hope your bf will love this yummilicious jap pancake. You can make your own fillings. My kids love idako so I use idako :)

    @ ICook4Fun : Hi Gert, this is a very beautiful and delicious japanese pancake/pizza. I am sure you will like it. Haih..I wish we are neighbors..heehee I can bring some over for you and Carlos :))

    @J2Kfm : Haha...yup the idako and bonito makes a lot of difference to the pancake. My boy loves it and told his dad, eat this, mom makes the most nicest pancake LOL !

    Cheers to all,

  7. it looks wonderfuL!! now i'm hungree. :D your little piggies are so cute! :D

  8. Great pancakes...and great way to eat veggies. The pictures are great.

  9. @ aichaku : Welcome to my blog and thanks for dropping a line :)

    @ Juliana : Hi Juliana, thanks :))
    Yup, that is the only way to make the kids eat their veg :P

  10. I've been seeing okonomiyaki on several blogs - I feel so left out as I seem to be the only person who's never eaten one before. 8-( I'd better make up for it!

  11. Hi Elin...thanks 4 d recipe. I cant help and tried it last nite. I notice by following exactly ur measurement of flour, water n eggs, it is more like a dough rather than a batter. Is it meant to be a "soft dough" or a batter? It turns up to be slightly hard when cooked. Pls advise. Thanks. Lynn

  12. Ah ah ah I love how you told the experience with your piggies, so sweet :)) I must say, you are very courageous to get up so early, I am very impressed!!

    (Sorry for all the comments at once, I've been absent and I'm catching up with everything, I certainly would not want to miss a crumb ;)

  13. Hi Christelle,

    I am happy when people drop me a line :)

    I am glad that you enjoy my crapping about food I bake and cook and my Piggies :))

    Thanks for dropping by my blog.

  14. Hi Elin, I faced the same problem as Lynn. My batter was more like a dough than a batter. Is it how is should be?



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