Okonomiyaki (Japanese Vegetable Pancake)


Okonomiyaki is one of my favourite Japanese foods, and since coming home from Japan I have been wanting to make it.  Okonomiyaki is a Japanese vegetable pancake, made with cabbage and whatever else you would like to add.  Okonomi  means “whatever you wish” so it’s OK to make it with whatever ingredients you have and it is still authentic.  Okonomiyaki is served with Okonomi sauce and Kewpie Mayonnaise.  A mayonnaise substitute was easy, Okonomi was not.  Okonomi sauce is like a sweet and tangy BBQ sauce.  Searching for a substitute revealed many recipes using a combination of ketchup, soy sauce and Worcestershire sauce.  I couldn’t use any of those but I thought No-Tomato sauce would be a good start; but what to use for soy sauce and Worcestershire sauce?  Then along came Magic Sauce from Trish at Failsafe Foodie!  I knew it would work, and after playing around with quantities and adding a bit of Rice Malt Syrup for sweetness … Continue reading