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Okonomiyaki (お 好 み 焼 き) is the famous Japanese dish that resembles an American pancake, also made famous by numerous anime and manga (here the reference article).

The recipe I propose is that of Kansai (often called "Osaka pizza"), where it is said to have been invented in the 1930s. Initially prepared as a simple wheat pancake, cabbage, meat and egg were added after World War II. Today it is part of the Japanese street food par excellence.


  • 1/2 white cabbage (coarsely chopped)

  • 100 gr flour

  • 1 sachet chemical yeast

  • 1 egg

  • 130ml dashi broth (or granulated)

  • 2 spring onions (only the green part coarsely chopped)

  • 1 handful tenkasu

  • 100 gr thinly striped pork belly (or bacon)

  • vegetable oil

  • okonomiayki sauce

  • Kewpie mayonnaise

  • 1 handful katsuobushi

  • 1 bite aonori seaweed


  • Mix the flour, baking powder, egg and dashi broth in a very large bowl. Add the cabbage, spring onion and tenkasu and continue to mix well.

  • Heat a little oil on a smooth-bottomed plate or a non-stick pan. Add the mixture to form a pancake not too high.

  • Arrange the slices of pancetta (or bacon) and leave the heart on a low flame for about 5 minutes. Then turn the okonomiyaki and cook it on the other side for another 10 minutes or so. If the mixture tends to burn, cover with a lid.

  • Put the okonomiyaki on the serving plate. Garnish with okonomiyaki sauce, then mayonnaise, aonori seaweed and katsuobushi.

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