Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Stephen's Okonomiyaki

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Here's a scrumptious okonomiyaki recipe from my son, Stephen. This is a Japanese style pancake or pizza. You can add your favorite ingredients to the batter. Some folks top the pancake with thinly sliced pork, shrimp, red ginger, yakisoba noodles, tempura crumbs, corn, green onion, bean sprouts, dried bonito flakes or dried seaweed, adding okonomiyaki sauce and mayonnaise drizzled over all. It is truly delicious.

3 cups green cabbage, shredded
1 large carrot, shredded
1/2 onion, finely chopped
3 stalks of celery, finely diced
2 cups flour
1 egg, beaten
2 T brown sugar
1 tsp salt
1 can (10-oz.) evaporated milk
2-4 T water
Ham sliced the size of a credit card, 1/2" thick

Mix all ingredients together (except for the ham) in a big bowl. Add the 1-2 T water until it's the consistency of pancake batter. Fry one side on an oiled pancake griddle. Put the piece of ham on the non-cooked side, then flip it over. Cook until the batter is golden brown. Serve with okonomiyaki sauce.

If you can't find okonomiyaki sauce at the Japanese market, here's a quick recipe to try:

Okonomiyaki Sauce:
3 T ketchup
1 tsp soy sauce
1 T worcetershire sauce

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