You make Okonomiyaki by mixing cabbage, meat, seafood, etc. with dough made by mixing flour with bouillon (soup of bonito, dried kelp, etc.), and grill it into a disc shaped piece. One type of Okonomiyaki, Hiroshima-style Okonomiyaki, has a style in which it is grilled while the ingredients are stacked, instead of mixed. Putting noodles, eggs, and bean sprout on the top is also its feature.
How to make Hiroshima-style Okonomiyaki
Even while the recipe is different to some extent depending on the restaurant, first spread a mixture of flour and water thinly over a hot iron plate, stack chopped cabbage, bean sprout, Tenkasu (tempura batter), pork on it, and grill it. (Shrimps and/or squids are included instead of pork depending on the menu.) Then, add dough called “Tsunagi” on the above and flip it over. (Tsunagi is used to make the ingredients stick to each other.)
While heating the Okonomiyaki that was just flipped over, stir-fry Soba noodles (or Udon noodles), then place the Okonomiyaki over the noodles that are stir-fried, and push them down from above using spatulas.
Finally, place the Okonomiyaki and the noodles together on the egg that is fried, and flip them again. Put the sauce, scallion, green laver, etc. Now, it’s done.
Let’s go and try out Hiroshima-style Okonomiyaki
Hiroshima City has many Okonomiyaki restaurants. When it’s the first time for you, we recommend you to visit “Okonomimura”. As it has 24 Okonomiyaki restaurants on three floors, you can enjoy comparing the taste of various Okonomiyaki. Compare the tastes of different resturants to find your favorite Okonimiyaki.
- Directions: 10 minutes by Hiroshima Electric Railway (streetcar) from JR Hiroshima Station, and 3 minutes on foot from Hatchobori Station