Sunday cook-out:: Okonomiyaki

Finally got round to posting this from one of our Sunday stay-in dinners with the in-law.  Was really itching to bring out the electric grill that we had lugged back from Geneva out to play but there never seemed to be a perfect time.  As the weather started to cool off a little, I decided to blow off the dust from this machine and bring out to play.

And the meal to christen our new electric grill with?  Home-made okonomiyaki!  Didn’t seem too difficult and the thought of having cabbage seemed pretty healthy.  Found a relatively simple recipe thanks to Lianne from Food Made with Love.  Headed straight out to purchase the ingredients for our stay-in Sunday evening dinner.

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Okonomiyaki (adapted from food made with love)

Ingredients (serves 4):
a) The Pancake Base:
– 1 whole cabbage or approximately 4 cups of green cabbage, finely shredded
– 1 clove garlic, finely chopped
– 2 cups of plain flour
– 2 tbs of corn flour
– 1 tsp of baking powder
– 1 1/2 cup of chicken stock
– 2 eggs
– salt to season

b) The fun part – adding the ingredients to the pancake depending on your creativity.  We used these:
– 6 fresh shiitake mushrooms, thinly sliced
– Cuttlefish, thinly sliced
– Pork

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Method:

1) Combine the flour, corn flour and baking powder and mix it well. Mix the cooled stock and egg together, and combine with the flour mixture. Mix until you get a thick pancake batter.

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2) Add the cabbage, shiitake mushrooms and garlic to the batter. Season with salt. Heat a non-stick frying pan on medium fire, and add some vegetable oil. Add half of the pancake mix and flatten it with a spatula.  We placed our sliced pork on top of the pancake.  For the pancake with the cuttlefish, we mixed the sliced cuttlefish into the batter.

3) Cook the pancake for about 10-15 minutes, flipping several times, until both sides are golden brown.

4) Serve it hot, drizzle the top with japanese mayonnaise and okonomiyaki sauce that you can purchase in the Japanese grocery section.

P1090621This really made for a fun and simple meal that the entire family participated in.  The batter was good for almost 8 pancakes and boy were we all stuffed, but we had fun taking turns to decorate the pancakes with mayonnaise and okonomiyaki sauce.  Check out our respective works of pancake-art!  IMG_5189

Can you take a wild guess who did which pancake?  Hehe…

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