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TASTY TRAVEL Vol. 29 No. 4  January 2016

Hiroshima-Style okonomiyaki

Hiroshima-style okonomiyaki
Hiroshima-style okonomiyaki

Okonomiyaki is a relatively new dish in Japanese cuisine, having first appeared in the twentieth century. Okonomiyaki is a kind of pancake filled with a variety of ingredients cooked on a hot iron griddle, then topped with okonomiyaki sauce and aonori green laver. The dish takes its name from the Japanese okonomi, literally, “as you like,” and is popular throughout Japan, particularly in Hiroshima Prefecture, which makes its own unique style of okonomiyaki. In Hiroshima-style okonomiyaki, its various ingredients are layered, rather than mixed into wheat batter, as is common in most regions. Hiroshima-style okonomiyaki also typically incorporates a mountain of shredded cabbage and fried noodles. Some 2,000 restaurants in Hiroshima Prefecture specialize in Hiroshima-style okonomiyaki.

Photo courtesy of Hiroshima Convention & Visitors Bureau

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