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Lilpink Travels: The Okonomiyaki (お好み焼き) Experience


My feet have been itching to travel, yet circumstances won't let me. And since I am not yet allowed to travel with everything that's happening, let me take you back to my first Okonomiyaki experience while I was in Higashihiroshima-shi, Hiroshima-ken, Japan. 

Basically, Okonomiyaki (お好み焼き)  is  a Japanese savoury pancake that contains a variety of ingredients that is widely known in the Hiroshima and Kansai regions in Japan. By the way, Kansai is the region that surrounds Mie, Nara, Wakayama, Kyoto, Osaka, Hyōgo, and Shiga. 

It may contain pork, so our organizer was kind enough to tell the okonomiyaki shop that we will be ordering squid. 

Apparently, Hiroshima is known for its layered okonomiyaki, which we obviously haven't achieved since we battered the ingredients before baking. What makes a Hiroshima okonomiyaki different than all others in Japan is the amount of cabbage that is put into one serving of such. Hiroshimans love their okonomiyaki served with almost four times the amount of cabbage used in Osaka-style okonomiyaki. 





Since foodies are the one to bake their okonomiyaki, it makes the experience a lot better. In our case, upon getting the ingredients, we battered them and made sure that it is well-mixed. We made sure that the flour in the bottom of the container was mixed thoroughly with the egg and other ingredients. 





After getting the right consistency such as the one above, it is baking/cooking time. Just like making pancake, lay the mixture into the cooking area and wait for it to turn brown before flipping. After cooking, we put a generous amount of Okonomiyaki sauce, Japanese-style dried fish, and mayonnaise.

Vegetable salad and noodle side dish are also present. It is cooked with the Okonomiyaki sauce on the same heating area. Our organizer's mother was kind enough to cook it for us.




For me, Okonomiyaki is best served with cold drinks such as juices and soft drinks. Although it is sweet, we ordered coke for the first time in Japan when we ate at the Okonomiyaki shop.


Meditating after eating a ginormous Okonomiyaki.


Have you tried Okonomiyaki? What are your thoughts?


23 comments:

  1. Food is one of the best ways for anybody to experience another culture. I'm not much of a Japanese food enthusiast but those look interesting to try.

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  2. Okonomiyaki is awesome! I love it and I would eat it as often as I could if given the chance. Glad you liked it!

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  3. We are going to Japan early next year so we will be on the lookout for this. I have seen a store for this dish in SM North Edsa, but it has not opened yet, so we can try it there first if it opens.

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  4. I was not able to try Okonomiyaki when I was in Japan last October. Great news is, I am already planning to visit again and I'll make sure to have my own Okonomiyaki experience. Thanks for sharing yours with us.

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  5. Haven't tried that yet. How does it taste like? Sweet, sour? Not familiar with foods from other countries. Maybe the only time that I can eat different cuisine is through buffets.

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  6. Japanese food really have the twist in taste and good for the tummy as well. Lots of Japanese restaurants here in the Philippines offers this okonomiyaki, katsu, and others.

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  7. I have a friend who's currently stayng in japan right now. wonder if he knows this hehe i should tell him this so can check it out hehe

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  8. It looks like you all had a lot of fun eating here. Their food also looks delicious.

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  9. I like Okonomiyaki, especially it with the fresh squid and crispy vegetables cooked in the spot. Perfect for any meals of the day.

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  10. oh my, i would definitely have enjoyed this. i love cooking and would love to learn

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  11. Never tried japanese food. But it looks delish

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  12. Looks like u had a lovely experience... :)

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  13. Wow looks like such a nice experience marshallah:)

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  14. Seems like a great treat! The name is so hard to pronounce. I fell like my tongue twists hehhehee

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  15. The good thing about travel is you experience amazing food and cultures. Never been to Japan or seen it in any Japanese menu. Would keep an eye ouy

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  16. Seems you had a lovely experience. I am not much of a Japanese food fan but your pictures look great. It was nice reading about it and I hope to try this soon.

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  17. This looks interesting ... Masha Allah. And eye opening too, I Love exploring with new dishes.

    I have eaten loads of Chinese dishes but not a single Japanese dish. Now I can confidently order for ''Okonomiyaki'' without pork - knowing what other ingredients it contains.

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  18. Oh wooow... this looks like soo much fun! I love trying out different foods! The Okonomiyaki looks delicious!

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  19. I watch NHK World and lime a lot of things about Japan. Their food is super healthy simple and tasty. Your pancakes prove it.I would have loved to see you drink Mocha tea with this meal. Tell me about it in your next post. Would love to read more from your blog.

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  20. I would love to travel to Japan, their food looks amazing, the people and the country in general seems like an experience I have to embark on one day.

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  21. OOh never heard of that before. Never tried squid either...looks interesting!

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  22. I have never been to japan or tried this dish. I was surprised to see you cooking your own food in a restaurant. Was it a restaurant?

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  23. I was able to taste Okonomiyaki from Little Tokyo and though some claim that it's authentic, I think it's a different from what I see on your photos! Maybe I just had a different kind of Okonomiyaki? Haha And ang cool, ikaw mismo ang magluluto ah!

    If ever I go to Japan someday, I definitely would like to taste authentic okonomiyaki, ramen and takoyaki! Kahit yun lang, masaya nako! Hahaha

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