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A visit to Japan is not complete without enjoying many of the regional specialties. Hiroshima has a significant place in history with its tie to the United States due to dropping of the atomic bomb on August 6, 1945. Hiroshima and Japan as a whole has risen from the ashes to become a major economic power.
Hiroshima is also known for several dishes that are unique to this region. A visit to Hiroshima is not complete without having a dish of “Okonomiyaki”. Okonomiyaki is basically a pan fried pancake filled with various ingredients. Although Okonomiyaki can be found throughout Japan, each region has its unique way of preparing it. In Hiroshima, the ingredients are layered on top of the batter with cabbage being the main ingredient. The ingredients vary depending upon the cook and you. Okonomi literally means “favorite” in Japanese, thus your favorite ingredients.
Although I never prepared Hiroshima style Okonomiyaki, I did find this recipe online,
1 cup all purpose flour
3/4 cup dashi soup or water
4 eggs
2 cups chopped cabbage
4 thinly sliced pork
4 servings yakisoba noodles
*okonomiyaki sauce or worcester sauce to season
Heat a pan or an iron table. Mix flour and dashi soup stock to make okonomiyaki batter. Spread a scoop of the batter into a thin round over the pan. Place one handful of finely chopped cabbage on top of the thin pancake. Place a pork slice on top of the cabbage. Pour some okonomiyaki batter over the ingredients. Fry yakisoba noodles on the side and season with okonomiyaki sauce. Flip the pancake over with spatulas. Press the top of the okonomiyaki firmly with a spatula and cook it in low heat until ingredients are cooked. Replace the okonomiyaki with spatulas on top of yakisoba noodles and press on the top firmly. Fry an egg on the side. Replace the okonomiyaki on top of the fried egg and again press on the top firmly. Serve the okonomiyaki in a plate with the egg side up. Repeat this process to make more okonomiyaki. Before eating okonomiyaki, spread okonomiyaki sauce or worcester sauce and mayonnaise on the okonomiyaki. Sprinkle katsuobushi (dried bonito flakes) and ao-nori (dried seaweed powder) on the top.
But better yet, on your visit to Hiroshima, make it a point to taste this very tasty dish. Itadakimasu (lets eat!)