Best Okonomiyaki Recipe and Useful Vocabulary List – Where to buy the ingredients

Have you ever tried eating Okonomiyaki? There are two different types of Okonomiyaki enjoyed by Japanese, Osaka style and Hiroshima style. Today, we will be introducing best recipe of Osaka style okonomiyaki. The meaning of okonomiyaki comes from Okonomi (Your own taste) and yaki (grilled), so there are no specific ingredients to be prepared. You can simply have Okonomiyaki party with your friends by only preparing cabbage, flour, egg, and sauces and let your friends bring their favorite ingredients. Let’s try making the best Okonomiyaki today!

Today, let’s try making Okonomiyaki, お好み焼き!

Ingredients (材料) – 2 servings

  • Cabbage (200g) 1/4 piece

Batter:

  • 1 egg
  • 50g flour
  • 100ml water
  • 130g Thinly sliced pork belly
  • 1 tablespoon of cooking oil

Toppings:

  • Chuno sauce 1 tablespoon
  • Bonito flakes – appropriate amount
  • Green laver Moderate amount

Step by Step Procedure

1. Cut the cabbage into strips.

2. In a bowl, mix together the ingredients for the dough until it is no longer powdery.

3. Heat a frying pan over medium heat and add salad oil.

4. Pour the batter into the pan.

5. Spread the dough flat, place the sliced pork belly on top, cover with a lid, and steam over medium heat.

6. When the meat is browned, turn it over, cover it again, and steam over medium heat for 3 minutes. When the pork belly is cooked through, it is done.

7. Place the cooked okonomiyaki on plate. Spread with Chuno sauce, and top with bonito flakes and green laver.

8. Slice them into desired size. Serve and enjoy!


【Vocabulary List】

KanjiHiraganaEnglish
薄力粉はくりきこFlour
たまごEgg
豚バラ薄切り肉ぶたばらうすぎりにくThinly sliced pork belly
食用油しょくようゆCooking oil
中濃ソースちゅうのうそーすChuno Sauce
かつお節かつおぶしBonito flakes
青のりあおのりGreen laver

Where to buy the ingredients?

Although Japanese convenience stores have variety of items available, to buy fresh and wider variety of products, visiting grocery stores is a must. Japan offers a variety of grocery store chains where you can easily do most of your grocery shopping. AEON, Seiyu, Ito-Yokado, Life, and Inageya are among them.

  1. Aeon Supermarket

This supermarket is widely available around Japan and world, having about 19,200 stores. One of the big AEON supermarkets in Tokyo are in Shinjuku, Yokohama, and Shinonome near Odaiba. Here is a link to search for nearby AEON stores: https://www.welcome-aeon.com/storesearch/

2. Seiyu

Seiyu is a very popular and well-known supermarket in Japan having more than 300 stores around. Perhaps, you can imagine that there is Seiyu supermarket nearby almost all major train stations in Tokyo. Seiyu offers wide range of products and known for affordable meat availability. Here is a link to search for nearby Seiyu supermarkets: https://www.seiyu.co.jp/searchshop/

3. Ito-Yokado

At Ito-Yakado, you can buy everything including foods and drinks, cosmetics and drugs, living goods, fashion items, and other high-quality products that are only available in Japan. Ito Yokado stores in Tokyo are located in the family-friendly areas on the outskirts of the city. Here is a link to where you can find Ito-Yokado supermarkets in Tokyo. https://www.itoyokado.co.jp/special/global/en/shops/tokyo/

4. Life

Life is one of the largest supermarkets in Japan with easy accessibility. It has variety of both fresh and manufactured goods, so if you are looking for home cook materials, Life supermarket would have most of them available! Here is a link to list of Life supermarkets in Tokyo: http://www.lifecorp.jp/store/syuto/index.html

5. Inageya

Inageya is a prominent grocery brand in Tokyo. They primarily sell groceries but they also sell some kitchen supplies and daily essentials. Therefore, if you need to buy both kitchen tools and groceries, Inageya would be right for you! Here is a link to a list of Inageya supermarkets in Tokyo: https://stores.inageya.co.jp/#PREF13000


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