Japanese Pancakes

Okonomi- Mura I had my first opportunity to try okonomiyaki or Japanese pancakes in Hiroshima. Although these pancakes are served all over Japan, the chefs in Hiroshima are famous for the number of layers their okonomiyaki have -and their ability to keep their many-layered pancakes intact till they serve them. We went to a place called Okonomi- Mura which literally translated means Pancake- Village and that’s what it was- a tall building with floor after floor of restaurants- each one serving okonomiyaki.

okonomiyaki hiroshimaOur tiny- kerchiefed chef was a true artist. She created the base shape of our pancakes on her piping hot grill with her spatula- fashioning each dollop of batter into a perfect circle. okonomiyaki hiroshimaAfter the batter had cooked she added layers of crisp shredded cabbage, crunchy bean sprouts, baked fish croutons and meaty bacon. She was cooking noodles in a wok at the same time and when they were done she added them as layer number six. She broke eggs onto the griddle and twirled and swirled them creating a scrambled egg mixture. japanese Okonomi- Mura Shrimp were dumped on the grill next and after they were sizzling our chef chopped them deftly with a razor sharp knife and then attacked an onion and green pepper with the same blade. okonomiyaki japanese pancakes hiroshimaThe shrimp, onion and pepper bits were mixed together with the egg and placed on top of the pancake to form layer number seven.

okonomiyaki japanese pancakes hiroshimaOur imminently skilled chef then took that seven -layer pancake and flipped the entire thing upside down intact and after it had cooked for a few minutes she flipped it once again. What talent!

Okonomi- Mura, hiroshimaThe pancakes were huge and I wish my husband Dave and I had shared one. We could only eat about half of our enormous meal.

Other posts about Japan…….

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Japanese Surprises

The Globalization of Art- From Japan to Cape Dorset

When the Coin Rings Luck Springs

A Time of New Beginnings

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