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Okonomiyaki with shredded cabbage, daikon and fried noodles

Okonomiyaki is a savoury Japanese pancake. It may look a little crazy, but it tastes delicious.

You'll need

160 ml dashi stock (see note) or water 100 gm (1/3 cup) plain flour 3 eggs, lightly beaten 1 small zucchini, coarsely grated ½ small carrot, coarsely grated 5 spring onions, thinly sliced, plus extra to serve 200 gm Savoy cabbage, shredded 2 tbsp vegetable oil 4 thin rashers streaky bacon To serve: Japanese mayonnaise, okonomiyaki sauce, fried noodles and thinly sliced pickled ginger and nori (see note)


  • 01
  • Whisk dashi stock and flour together in a bowl until smooth. Add eggs, zucchini, carrot, spring onion and 150gm cabbage and mix to combine (do not overmix), then season to taste and set aside.
  • 02
  • Heat oil in a large frying pan over medium-high heat. Add batter, press with a spatula to make even and cook until golden and starting to set (3-4 minutes). Place bacon over okonomiyaki, carefully flip over and cook until bacon is golden and crisp (3-4 minutes). Turn over again and cook until golden and cooked through (2-3 minutes).
  • 03
  • Drizzle okonomiyaki with mayonnaise and okonomiyaki sauce, scatter with fried noodles, remaining cabbage and extra spring onions and serve with pickled ginger and nori.

Note Dashi powder is a great option when you need to make dashi stock in a hurry: make it according to packet instructions. Dashi powder, Japanese mayonnaise, okonomiyaki sauce and nori are available from Japanese grocers.

At A Glance

  • Serves 2 - 4 people
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At A Glance

  • Serves 2 - 4 people

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Dec 2013

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