Eating In Japan: Okonomiyaki

Japan is an extremely interesting destination. There is some great history, like what happened in Hiroshima, there are some amazing trains, there are some beautiful sights. But there is also excellent food.

I’m sure that if I do a survey, most people will say sushi when they are asked what’s the first dish they think of when they think about Japan. But that’s not all one should eat when in Japan! What about Okonomiyaki?

Okono what you said? Okonomiyaki!

Let me explain.

How to describe Okonomiyaki

From Wikipedia:

Okonomiyaki is a Japanese savoury pancake containing a variety of ingredients. The name is derived from the word okonomi, meaning “what you like” or “what you want”, and yaki meaning “grilled” or “cooked” (cf. yakitoriand yakisoba). Okonomiyaki is mainly associated with the Kansai or Hiroshima areas of Japan, but is widely available throughout the country. Toppings and batters tend to vary according to region. Tokyo okonomiyaki is usually smaller than a Hiroshima or Kansai okonomiyaki.

Basically, it’s a kind of pancake, but with lots and lots of ingredients.

And it looks like this:

Okonomiyaki Hiroshima

My experience

I had Okonomiyaki a few times. From my experience, they start with a light pancake batter, and then they add layers. There was pork, noodles, cheese, seaweed powder, cabbage, green onions, and I’m probably missing a lot of ingredients. And then top that with Okonomiyaki sauce.

It was absolutely delicious. I really wasn’t sure what to expect the first time, but now I dream to go back to Japan to eat one again.

I should add one thing though: It’s usually a really big portion. With all the noodles, cheese, cabbage and pork, don’t expect to get out of the restaurant hungry!

In conclusion

If you ever go to Japan, have an Okonomiyaki for me! I’m sure you won’t regret it!

Have you ever had Okonomiyaki? Was it delicious? Let me know in the comments below!


  1. Linda May 9, 2015
  2. Marc-André May 12, 2015
  3. Marc-André August 11, 2015

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