Nom Nom Tabemono


By Mark Wilson


About the food:

Okonomiyaki is a classic Japanese dish that basically means “whatever you like, cooked”. It’s a savoury pancake that consists of cabbage, batter and then (as the name suggests) whatever you like. This is one I tried out from basically finding the cheapest vegetables at the supermarket and then some Aussie beef . This one was really easy and delicious.

The Recipe

(Makes 2-3 okonomiyaki)


  • Batter
  • 2 cups flour (I found some okonomiyaki flour at the shops but normal flour should be fine)
  • 1 ½ cups water
  • 2 eggs
  • Filling (apart from the cabbage, you can replace this with whatever you like)
  • A handful of enoki mushrooms
  • 1 ear of corn kernels
  • 1 spring onion, chopped
  • 1 carrot, grated
  • ¼ cabbage, chopped
  • ~4 strips of beef per pancake
  • Okonomiyaki sauce, to serve
  • Kewpie mayonnaise, to serve


The ingredients waiting to be prepped (and yes, beer is an essential part of the cooking process.)


The ingredients prepped.


  1. Place the vegetables in a large bowl.
  2. Mix in the egg, flour and water.
  3. Heat some oil in a frying pan over medium-low heat.
  4. Spoon some of the mixture into the frying pan until you have about a 15cm pancake. Cook for about 5 minutes or until golden brown on one side.
  5. Place the beef on top of the pancake, then flip it over and cook for a further 5 minutes.
  6. If the pancake is firm when you poke it with your chosen cooking utensil, serve with okonomiyaki sauce and kewpie mayonnaise and enjoy! Repeat with the remaining batter and beef if you’re still hungry, or refrigerate it for later.

nnt-oko3In the frying pan.

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