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Okonomi-yaki (お好み焼) is a thin and flat pancake cooked on a hot plate with bits of meat, seafood and chopped cabbages. Okonomi means “what you like” or “at one's choice.” You can add your favorite ingredients in it beside those listed above, for example, red ginger, corn, green onion, cheese, and more.
Though it’s popular everywhere in Japan, Osaka (大阪) and Hiroshima (広島) are well known for their okonomi-yaki culture. Especially, Hiroshima-style one is unique in its method of food preparation and ingredients. While in Osaka style and other popular recipes, chopped cabbage and other ingredients are mixed with the batter and cooked together, in Hiroshima style, the cabbage is cooked on top of thinly spread batter, and noodles and ikaten (イカ天, crisply-fried thin squid) are usually added in it.
Menu of Mitchan in Hiroshima
I used to visit Hiroshima for business and always had one for lunch at a famous okonomi-yaki restaurant, Mitchan (that brings back some memories). It was a little heavy but very delicious.
I tried Hiroshima style okonomi-yaki in Tokyo many times, but unfortunately I haven’t found a place comparable to the restaurant so far.
Teppan Jaken Mori (鉄板じゃけん もり) is Hiroshima style okonomi-yaki restaurant in Azabu-juban (麻布十番).
I had a lunch set (1,000 yen: half-size okonomi-yaki, rice balls and miso soup) the other day. It was kind of light and tasted rather nice. I’m going to have regular-sized one with ikaten next time.