Monday, July 31, 2006

Okonomiyaki

After the concert we went out for dinner to a restaurant that specialized in a dish called okonomiyaki. The restaurant had rows of tables that you knelt around and each had their own flat iron grill! The dish of okonomiyaki is a Japanese classic. The best way to describe it is like a Japanese omelette or pizza because of the variety of ingredients used. The word okonomi means "as you like", or "what you want" and yaki means "grilled" or "cooked" so, when eating okonomiyaki, it simply means you can pick whatever ingredients you want combined along with the grilling time that you want, since it is done at your table. First you order what type you want. My family got 2 that had pork, shrimp and squid in it. After you place your order, bowls with all of the raw ingredients, along with batter, egg, and shredded cabbage comes to your table. You mix it all up, and make one huge "pancake" right in front of you. It is very fun! After it is cooked, special okonomiyaki BBQ sauce and mayonnaise goes on top. For as popular as this unique Japanese dish is, it has gone largely unnoticed in the states. I think that is a shame, since it is delicious. This one quickly made it on to my recipe list! The evening was a very fun and social one to spend with my host family. It is so nice to spend time all together.


2 comments:

Anonymous said...

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Anonymous said...

Genki genki-
It looks like you had an amazing time in Japan. I'm so glad your mom told me to go on your blog. Next time you'll have to go to Tokyo Disney. Brad, one of my best friends did 2 stints working there in entertainment, something you should think about when you're in your 20s. Where are your pix of Harijuku girls? Or is that fashion more of a Tokyo thing? :) Take care!
Andrea Herzog