July 21, 2009


I'm not qualified to talk about the authentic okonomiyaki: Osaka- and Hiroshima-style okonomiyaki, but I can talk about my type of okonomiyaki. I simply use store-bought okonomiyaki mix, which usually contains yamaimo (mountain yam) and katsuo dashi. I mix together the mix, shredded cabbage, eggs, and water. Beni shoga (pickled red ginger), negi (Japanese scallion), and tenkasu (tiny deep-fried tempura batter balls) are also common ingredients, but I don't add them to my okonomiyaki batter because my children don't like the first and the second, and the third is high in calorie.

I top my okonomiyaki with beni shoga, aonori (a type of seaweed), katsuo bushi (dried bonito shavings), and chuunou sauce. My wife and children also add mayo and tomato ketchup.

Leftover okonomiyaki.

I didn't have the time to take decent photos of the okonomiyaki before I started to eat. (I got a phone call from my parents just when I was starting to eat.)


Mama said...

I LOVE okonomiyaki! Most of the ones we find here are made by Chinese people, lol. Not very authentic.

I thought about buying the mix, but the instructions are in Japanese, so I don't know how to make it. I guess I could ask the people that work at the Japanese grocery store to translate for me, huh?

By the way, is yamaimo (mountain yam) the same thing as nagaimo?

Hiroyuki said...

pink: If the salesperson is not kind enough to translate the recipe for you, just show it to me, and I will translate it for you.

Yamaimo vs. nagaimo: First of all, I should have written, "yamaimo (yams or mountain potatoes)" (as opposed to satoimo (taro or field potatoes)").
The answer is simple: Nagaimo (lit. long potato) is one type of yamaimo (generic term for any type of "potato" that can be gathered from mountains).
This webpage illustrates most of the yamaimo found in Japan. The third one from the left is nagaimo. The fourth one is jinenjo (wild yamaimo). I posted a photo of the jinenjo I had bought somewhere in my blog.
I've found it, here it is:
Nagaimo is watery, and is not very suited for mugi toro.

Hiroyuki said...

pink: And, also browse through this thread on okonomiyaki in the Japan Forum on eGullet:
Okonomiyaki is so cheap (when made by yourself) yet so tasty!

Mama said...

Wow, thanks for all the info! I didn't know there were so many different kinds of potatoes and yams. I really like nagaimo (both cooked and raw), so I was curious if it was the same thing.

I always learn something new from your blog. :)