If you love pancakes and pan fried noodles, you are going to enjoy this Japanese Layered Pancake Hiroshima Style Okonomiyaki. It is the ultimate savory pancake complete with fried noodles (we use our Fresh Ramen Noodles ), shrimp, cabbage, bacon, and egg all cooked into a huge tasty round. It is then slathered with a rich brown sauce to give it even more flavor. What is there not to love about this pancake? Little to none, because it is totally delicious!
The basic ingredients are similar to its cousin, the Osaka style Okonomiyaki except for the addition of noodles. The distinction is in the cooking method. Hiroshima Style Okonomiyaki is a layered pancake with the batter making up only a thin layer at the bottom. Osaka Style Okonomiyaki is more floury and pancake-like with the ingredients mixed into the batter. Both are equally tasty and so it is a matter of preference. We use our Hakubaku restaurant fresh Ramen noodles as a substitute because of their texture and flavor.
Okonomiyaki became popular in Japan during World War II when there was a short supply of rice. This pancake can be made with just a little flour and whatever vegetables and ingredients available. It was often served as a snack to children because it was filling. Today, cabbage appears to be the only must-have ingredient.
Therefore, other ingredients are “as you like it” – some specialty ingredients will make it taste a little more “authentic”. Okonomiyaki sauce, aonori (green seaweed flakes), and katsuobushi (dried shaved bonito flakes) can be purchased at many Asian grocery stores or on-line.
- 1¼ cups all-purpose flour (187g)
- ½ tsp salt
- 1¼ cups water (300ml)
- 4 tbsp vegetable oil
- 4 tsp katsuobushi (shaved bonito flakes, crushed)
- 1 lb cabbage (thinly sliced) (450g)
- 8 strips bacon (cut into halves)
- 4 packs fresh ramen noodles from Hakubaku
- 4 tbsp mirin (Japanese cooking rice wine)
- 1 cup okonomiyaki sauce (240ml)
- 6 oz shrimps (peeled and deveined) (170g)
- 4 large eggs
- Aonori (finely shredded green seaweed)
- 4 green onions (thinly sliced)
Combine all-purpose flour and salt in a large bowl. Pour in 1¼ cups (300ml) water. Gently mix until just combine.
Preheat a large non-stick electric griddle (or large non-stick pan on the stove) on medium heat. Brush griddle with a little oil. Spread a ladle of the batter into a thin 8 inch round on one side of the griddle. Sprinkle a teaspoon of katsuobushi on the top.
Place a handful of shredded cabbage on the pancake and 4 half slices of bacon on the cabbage. Allow pancake batter to set, about 5 minutes.
Flip pancake over using 2 spatulas so that the bacon is now touching the griddle. Continue to cook for 4 to 5 minutes.
In the meantime, cook a portion of Hakubaku restaurant fresh Ramen noodles on the side (or in another pan) with 1 tablespoon mirin and 1 tablespoon okonomiyaki sauce.
Cook 5 to 6 shrimps next the noodles. When shrimps curl and turn pink, transfer onto the fried noodle
Now, move the pancake onto the noodles. (use the two spatulas, one in each hand, and slide them under the stack, together to flip the whole thing over)
Crack an egg onto the side of the griddle and spread it out into an 8 inch round. Move the entire pancake (with noodles) onto the egg. Allow it to cook for another 1 to 2 minutes.
Flip the completed okonomiyaki over. Drizzle or spread a generous amount of okonomiyaki sauce on the top.
Transfer to a plate. Sprinkle with aonori (finely shredded green seaweed) and green onions.
Serve immediately. (you can eat if off the griddle if you have a portable electric- unplugged of course. – in true japanese style bar stool cafes)
recipe: from our friends @rotinrice