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Recipe: Okonomiyaki [Japanese savoury pancake]

Okonomiyaki is a japanese savoury pancake famously popular in Osaka [in Hiroshima too. Both regions fight over who came up with it] People from these regions esp Osaka are known to eat it very often at home.
Though i am from Tokyo, i eat it from time to time as well. Its quick, easy and super cheap!
Okonomiyaki Flour* – 70g
Cabbage (1/2 a head of cabbage or 1/4 of a large one) shredded finely – 300g
Spring onion diced finely – 2 stalks
Thinly sliced pork or bacon – 100g
Tempura Bits** – 50g
water – 50ml
2 medium eggs

For garnish
Mayonnaise, Okonomiyaki sauce ,Aonori (Seaweed Flakes), Katsuobushi (Bonito Flakes)

*japanese supermarkets carry okonomiyaki flour. If you cant find any, you can substitute it with adding some yam flour or starch powder or rice flour to all purpose flour.

**tempura bits are the little bits left over from frying tempura. They are sold in japanese supermarkets and are labelled as tenkasu. However if you can, get the ika [squid] flavored tenkasu. I love the added flavor. Else just add anything crunchy. Even rice krispies work!

1. Mix flour and water till a thick mixture
2. Add spring onion, cabbage, egg and tempura bits. Mix evenly.
3. Heat up non stick frying pan. Put 1/3 of the mix in the pan. Add 1/3 of the bacon or pork in one fine layer on top of the cabbage mix.
4. After 3mins when the bottom has cooked, flip the mixture
5. Cover the pan to let it steam and cook the pork/bacon for 5 mins.
6. Garnish as you like. ENJOY!

You can add whatever you like! Seafood, mochi, cheese are all good additions!
Let me know how you go
XOXO Yumeko

Osechi Ryori 2013

Happy New Year 2013!
I made the osechi ryori again this year.
*See links at the end of the post for an explanation of what osechi ryori is. ^_^

First Tier

2nd Tier

3rd Tier

How they look together

I spent a lot less time making it this year.
Perhaps practice does help after all [this is my 3rd year making the entire thing by myself]

Some of you asked on instagram how i make such a tiny portion of each element.
Well i dont XD a lot of the stuff i make doesnt fit in the jubako container but we eat it too XD
The jubako is more presentation XD See here is a photo of us eating the leftovers for dinner.

Closeup of the super cute kamaboko i bought!
Happy Year of the Snake 2013!

XOXO Yumeko

For the ones i made in the previous years [including recipes]:
Osechi Ryori 2012
Osechi Ryori 2011

Are you ready for 2013? Osechi time!

New Year is coming soon!
In Japan, we celebrate New Year in a big way! Its like Christmas or Thanksgiving all rolled into one.
Osechi Ryori is the traditional dishes/food that we eat!

The supermarket is has tons of posters up to remind us XD

Here is a cute kiddie version

As with the past few years, the duty of making the Osechi has fallen upon me again
So this weekend i am off to gather all the items i need and making it on Monday 31st.

If you want to join in, check out the tutorials i made 2 years ago [wow!has it been that long?]
Check them out here!
Osechi Ryori 2012
Making Osechi Ryori Part 1
Making Osechi Ryori Part 2
Any questions? Just ask!

I havent been good at updating this blog but i hope in 2013 i will update it at least once a week!
So i hope you will stick with me!!
All the best in the new year!!
XOXO Yumeko

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