Hiroshima Okonomiyaki – Japanese Savoury Pancake by: @aveganfeed

This dish is inspired by my trip to Japan earlier this year. Okonomiyaki is a savoury Japanese pancake whose ingredients vary by region. In Hiroshima Okonomiyaki is layered, with noodles being a topping. Here, I have created a vegan version of the Hiroshima style Okonomiyaki. 

Serves 4

Ingredients

  • 300g/4 serves cooked ramen noodles
  • 1 ½ cups plain flour
  • 1 ¼ cups water
  • 2 teaspoons mirin
  • 2 ½ cups chopped cabbage
  • 2 ½ cups bean sprouts
  • 3 shallots, thinly sliced
  • Vegan bacon flakes or meat substitute
  • Seaweed sheets or flakes, ground up
  • Oil (for pan)
  • Vegan mayonnaise to serve

Okonomiyaki Sauce

  • 5 tablespoons tomato sauce
  • 8 tablespoons vegan Worcestershire sauce
  • 5 tablespoons vegan oyster sauce
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon sugar, optional
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Method

  • To make the pancake base combine flour, water and mirin and whisk until well combined.
  • Oil a frying pan and place on low to medium heat. Once heated, spread a quarter of the mixture onto a pan to diameter of approximately 15cm.  Place a quarter of the cabbage and sprouts on the top of the pancake. Cook for approximately 10 minutes or until the bottom of the pancake is golden and cooked.
  • Flip over the pancake with the cabbage and sprouts and cook for a further couple of minutes.
  • Meanwhile, combine a quarter of the cooked noodles with 1 tablespoon of sauce in a pan and heat. Form into a disc the diameter if the pancake.
  • To serve, place the cooked pancake, cabbage side up and top with the noodles.
  • Serve with a generous amount of sauce and drizzle over vegan mayonnaise, top with vegan bacon or meat substitute, shallots and seaweed.
  • For the sauce, combine all ingredients and mix well. Adjust ratios to taste.

About these ingredients

Ramen Noodles:

Ramen are thin, Chinese-style noodles made from organic soft wheat. They have a slightly chewy, pleasing texture and are suitable for hearty dishes.

Mirin:

Mirin is a sweet cooking wine, made from sweet rice and related to sake. Perfect for adding to any Asian style dish, from teriyaki to stirfry and even soups. Mirin also offers vitamins, enzymes and amino acids for a nutritional boost.

Coconut Bacon:

Designed to bring excitement back into your dishes such as soups, curries and salads, just like bacon chips, only tasty and good for you, these bacon flavoured coconut chips will have you hooked.

Seaweed:

Very versatile and can be used in several different dishes. It is a serious nutritional powerhouse being rich in antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals.