Japanese pancakes

Sunday, 17 January 2021

A few weeks ago I was at the Milton Markets in Brisbane and ordered delicious Japanese pancakes from one of the stallholders, who made them with chicken teriyaki and avocado.

It seemed amazing that something with so much cabbage could taste so good.

Savoury Japanese pancakes, more correctly known as Okonomiyaki, contain a variety of ingredients in a wheat-flour-based batter. The name is derived from the words okonomi, meaning “how you like” or “what you like”, and yaki meaning “cooked”.

The extras and toppings vary by region and according to personal taste.

I recently saw this recipe which made me think it should be possible to cook these myself.

My partner and I tried it last night with some success, reverting to chicken teriyaki with avocado.

The first attempt was more fritter than pancake, but we got it right by later cooking partly in the grill.

We marinaded the chicken in teriyaki before adding it to the mix. We put some hot chilli in as well, also spring onion, carrot and zucchini. We garnished the meal with more chilli and spring onion, adding avocado and kewpie mayonnaise.

It’s delicious and I’m hooked on kewpie now too.

Japanese pancakes

Topics: food, Japan