I’ve had half a cabbage from my veggie box sitting in the fridge for the last week, waiting for me to figure out what to do with it. It’s not a vegetable I cook with a lot, and it wasn’t I was reading about Cindy & Michael’s Japanese adventures that inspiration struck. But it was worth the wait, the answer was perfect: Okonomiyaki!
Okonomiyaki is usually described as Japanese pancake or Japanese pizza, but I think it bears a closer resemblance to bubble and squeak. And I love bubble and squeak.
I googled some recipes to get a basic idea, and then proceeded on my merry way. I was a bit worried once I’d made the mix – it turned out pretty light on the batter and looked like it wouldn’t hold together:
I pressed on, certain that even if it didn’t turn out pretty, it would still be a tasty mess of bubble and squeak. But in the end it came out kinda pretty. At least, it wasn’t a mess:
1 1/2 cups plain flour
enough water to make a runny batter
half a cabbage, finely shredded
lots of veggies, finely shredded (I used carrot, zucchini and onion)
Okonomiyaki Sauce (I used Vegetarian Oyster Sauce)
Measure the flower into a large bowl. Make a well in the centre and crack in the egg. Mix with a fork to combine. Start adding water a little at a time until you have a smooth, runny batter.
Mix in the veggies, ensuring they’re well coated.
Heat a little oil in a large, non-stick fry pan over medium heat. Add about half a cup of the mixture (depending on the size of your pan). Press together and neaten the edges with spoons. Cook for 5-10 minutes per side, flipping once it’s cooked enough to hold together.
To serve, drizzle with sauce and Japanese mayo, and eat piping hot!
I made up a big bunch and put them in the freezer for quick meals – they do very well in the sandwich maker for a few minutes.