* I love Japanese food. I love Asian food in general, but Japanese is way, way up there. I was first introduced to this delicious meal specifically when my friend Sally (who is now actually living in Japan) brought me to a Japanese festival here in Tampa three and a half years ago. Going vegan, and the lack of eggs, had prevented me from attempting this sooner, but with the discovery of Ener G egg replacer I was ready to make it happen.
I have done a little bit of reading on the meal お好み焼き. According to Wikipedia the name is derived from the word “okonomi” meaning “what you like” or “what you want”, and yaki meaning “grilled” or “cooked”. This is a cabbage pancake made “as you like it”. The ingredient lists I have seen range from anything to everything and I had a hard time initially deciding what I wanted in mine. For this first batch, the ones photographed below, I went pretty simple, but the possibilities are endless to be sure.
I look forward to making them again and again. Testing new flavor profiles and different types of vegetables. It’s fun knowing that I can say I had okonomiyaki many, many times but I have never had the same dish twice. Anyway, I hope you’ll love it as much as I do!
what you need:
- 1c chopped green cabbage
- 1c chopped red cabbage
- Veggies of your choice, shredded (I used grey squash, enoki mushrooms and yellow squash)
- 2c flour
- 1.5c veggie broth
- 1tbsp egg replacer (prepared per package instruction)
- 3tbsp grapeseed oil (I actually used hot sesame oil, but your call)
- Salt/pepper to taste
- 1 1/3c seasoned fish fry crumbs (it is vegan!)
- vegan mayonnaise
- chopped green onions
- tonkatsu sauce
what you do:
- Cut, chop and shred all vegetable ingredients.
- Combine everything except the oil.
- Heat to medium high, add oil.
- Measure out 1c of mixture, dump in pan and flatten into a pancake.
- When it browns (a few minutes) flip and cook the other side.
- Serve hot and top with any/all toppings you’d like!
Last photo was taken with Instagram when I brought left overs to work for lunch the following day. ;)Got something to say? 5 comments