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The students of Shizuoka Eiwa Gakuin Junior College

This recipe was sent in by the students of Shizuoka Eiwa Gakuin Junior College from Japan

We will introduce okonomiyaki from Japan. Okonomiyaki is a savoury pancake. We made the dish in the class of Department of Food Science. Okonomiyaki is an easy dish for Food Science students, but making it in English was more difficult. Sometimes we eat okonomiyaki as a snack and sometimes we eat it as a light, healthy meal. The Shizuoka version uses dried shrimp (sakura ebi), but you can use any shrimp.

Moira, Yuri and their students from Shizuoka Eiwa Gakuin Junior College

Okonomiyaki (Japanese savoury pancake)

The finished dish

Ingredients (for 4 people)

For pancake

  • 2 cups of flour
  • 1 ¼ cups of dashi soup stock* or water
  • 1 pound of cabbage
  • 6 tablespoons of chopped green onion
  • 2/3 of a cup of tempura flakes (tenkasu)
  • 4 to 6 eggs
  • 12 strips of thinly sliced pork
  • 1 cup of dried shrimp (sakura ebi)


  • seaweed (aonori)
  • pickled red ginger (beni-shoga)
  • bonito flakes (katsuobushi)
  • okonomiyaki sauce (or HP sauce)
  • mayonnaise

*Dashi can be made by using dried shiitake mushrooms (or you could use dried Chinese mushrooms). Soak two or three mushrooms in water until they make a stock. Use that stock as the dashi.


  1. Mix the flour and the soup stock (or water) in a bowl.
  2. Chop the cabbage and green onion finely.
  3. Put about ½ a cup of the batter in a separate bowl to make one okonomiyaki pancake.
  4. Mix a large handful of cabbage, 1 tablespoon of green onion and 2 tablespoons of tempura flakes in the batter.
  5. Make a well in this mixture and put an egg in the well.
  6. Mix everything together well.
  7. Pour the mixture into a lightly oiled frying pan and make it into a pancake.
  8. Cook the meat (or other toppings) in another frying pan.
  9. Put the cooked meat (or toppings) on top of the okonomiyaki pancake and cook for a few minutes.
  10. Turn the pancake over and cook for 5 to 7 minutes.
  11. Turn again and put okonomiyaki sauce or mayonnaise on top.
  12. Sprinkle with seaweed, bonito flakes and pickled ginger.

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Wisarut, Thailand

Wula, Taiwan
look tasty,my mouth is watering~

Linda, Italy
vry very good

Jae-woo Shin,South Korea
wooooo!!I ate that before in my japan friend house.It makes me hugry....^^

Asyari, Indonesia
hello....i read your recipe...i think it's fantastic and i can't wait to try cooking it...thank you ...kisses asyari

Lucas, Uruguay
I love pancakes MADE IN JAPAN thank youuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu

Yuri, Japan
Thank you very much for your comments from many countries. We are happy to know your reaction. Cooking Okonomiyaki is intersting and enjoyable for everyone. Why don't you try it?Department of Food Sciense, Shizuoka Eiwa Gakuin University Junior, Japan College,

Ha,Viet Nam
I really love Japanese people and Japanese foods. Do you know make "sushi"

hello ... I read your recipe ... I think it's fantastic and I can't wait to try cooking it ... thank you ... kisses Francesca

Márcio, Brazil
wow.....Delicious!!! I will looking to a japanese restaurant. I love asiatic food!!!

Man Choi , Hong Kong China
It's a wonderful recipe. Thanks a lot

Bean, Vietnam
Okonomiyaki!!!! Delicious meal!!!Last week, one of my Japanese friends taught me how to make "Okonomiyaki". It is simple but really, really "oishii"-a Japanese word means "delicious" in English. If possible, you can find a snack to eat with okonomiyaki. Japaneses eat with a kind of fish( I havenot remember its name) but you can ask the supermaketersAnyway, thank you very much for posting the recipe of Okonomiyaki in English!BEAN

Maddalena, Italy
I've always wanted to taste them but in Italy you can't find them at Japanese restaurant...It's time to cook maybe!

Sevgi, France
Hello everybody!!!Thanks a lot for this recipe!!My sister and me love the Japanese culture. It seems to be very good

Mawimbi, Tanzania
One of my favorite with Asahi, the beer!!!!!

Hiroshi, Japan
Oh It reminds me of Japanese (Osaka)traditional food since I live in Florida.

Sunah Kim, Korea
Wowwww I feel hungry now:)

Naru, Japan
As name shows ('okonomi' means 'as you like), you can arrange the recipe described abobe to add or remove whatever you like or dislike. There seem several 'schools' in making this cuisine depending upon where it is cooked (Osaka and Hiroshima look two big rivals). Okonomiyaki sits in the centre of eating for those in west part of Japan rather than in est. Visit an okonomiyaki restraunt when you coming down to Osaka, please. Not everything is expensive in Japan.

Murat, Turkiye
This mixture will be very new taste for me. I will try as soon as possible. I wish it will be near japan.

Ayuusha, Russia
Thank you!! I'm going to do it!

Reiko, Japan
In my family,we put sliced rice cake on the pan before mixture. you can enjoy "okoge" (crispy part beneath).Or we put some grated Japanese yam in the mixture. You should try!

Rex Wang, Taiwan
After reading the recipe, I think Taiwanese would enjoy the ingredient selection.It contains many ingredients familiar to the Taiwan palate. This would make an excellent night market dish.

Shoaib Ali, Quetta
It was a delicious and savory cake I ve ever had in my life.

Mei, Japan
I want to make by the recipe.When I made a okonomiyaki I stock potatos.It was tasty.Let's try it!

Kotomi, Japan
This report is an interesting for me.But, I have never eaten,I want to eat okonomiyaki,

helloI'm a freshman at university.Ilove them!need them!Ican't live without them!If you make them you should mix yamaimo into 1's bowl.

Shinya, Japan
This image looks very delicious.So I'm hungry

Sometimes I eat okonomiyaki.I like it.I want to eat okonomiyaki now.Shall I eat a okonomiyaki? Let's eat!!!! So delicious!!

Shogo, Japan
it is a nice idea!!okonomiyaki is famous in osaka japan!

Rosa, Japan
When I was younger, my favorite was "Popeye" version at a local restaurant: Spinach, of course,sweet corn instead of pork and dried shrimp, and topping was cheese with tomato sauce. If you don't like the smell seafood, try this version.

Jenny, Australia
Sounds very yummie; I will go to a Japanese grocery shop tonite and buy the goodies I need.Ta so much.

Yoshiyuki, Japan
Thank you very muchi for present OKONOMIYAKI. thai is orrdinary meal in OSAKA JAPAN. If you can get yam(YAMAIMO)in your country. The Grated yam in to the mixture befor the set on frying pan. it's better than with out yam in it.

Kim ah-hyun, Korea
I always want to eat that,but I haven't eat yet.I will try someday only myself.

Med, Morocco
That smells delicious.. MIAAMI am so sorry because there's no japanese restaurants in my country.Maybe in Japan, I really hope in the future.. Thank you!

Luis Jesus, Mexico
So delicious!!!


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