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Okonomiyaki (Cabbage Pancake)

Okonomiyaki is a Japanese savoury pancake that's a lot easier to make than is it to pronounce! A popular street food from Osaka, the name is derived from the word okonomi, meaning "how you like" or "what you like", and yaki meaning "cooked".



¼ cup tomato sauce

1 ½ tbsps worcestershire sauce

¼ tsp dijon mustard

1 tsp tamari sauce

2 tbsps brown sugar

1 tsp mirin

Pinch of ground ginger


3 large eggs at room temperature

1 cup of chickpea or lupin flour

¼ tsp baking powder

1 tsp dashi powder

½ cup warm water

100g of shredded white cabbage

½ cup fresh spinach chopped

2 spring onions, chopped

¼ tbsp canola oil

2 rashes of fat removed bacon

2 tsps dried seaweed, finely chopped

Kewpie brand Japanese mayonnaise


To make the sauce add all the sauce ingredients in a small saucepan and bring to a simmer over a medium heat. Stir for one minute, remove and let cool.

To make the pancakes, whisk the eggs, flour and baking powder together in a bowl.

Dissolve the dashi powder in the warm water and then slowly add the dashi liquid to the egg mixture to make a thick pancake batter.

Stir in the cabbage, spinach and spring onions until roughly combined. Set aside.

Heat a medium non-stick frying pan over medium heat. Fry the bacon to desired crispness. Remove from pan and drain on paper towels.

Spoon out half the batter and cook for 8 minutes until mostly cook through. Gently and carefully flip over and cook for another 8 minutes until browned on both sides and cooked though.

Serve okonomiyaki with two pieces of bacon on top and drizzled with the sauce then drizzle with mayonnaise if wanted/desired.

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