Okonomiyaki (お好み焼き) – Traditional Osaka Food in Japan

Okonomiyaki (お好み焼き) - Traditional Osaka Food in Japan

Join us as we try Okonomiyaki (お好み焼き) which is considered some of the best traditional food you can eat in Osaka, Japan. This savoury Japanese pancake is one of the most classic things you can try eating in Osaka. The name comes from ‘okonomi’ meaning ‘how you like it’ or ‘what you like’ along with ‘yaki’ means to be cooked. Basically how you like it cooked! The batter for this Japanese dish consists of flour, grated nagaimo (yam), dashi, eggs and shredded cabbage and usually comes with either seafood and/or pork. You can find restaurants where you grill your Okonomiyaki yourself or have someone prepare it for you. If you’re limited for time in Osaka be sure to pencil in Okonomiyaki as a must-try dish before you leave.


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Okonomiyaki (お好み焼き) – Traditional Osaka Food in Japan Travel Video Transcript:

Alright guys so we are sitting in front of a very hot grill that can only mean one thing. We are about to make our own Okonomiyaki (お好み焼き). I had never heard of this dish before we started
researching foods in Japan. Um but this is super popular here in Osaka It has been called a Japanese pancake or a Japanese pizza.
And let me tell you about the name because the name is quite telling. So Okonomi means what you like or how you like it and yaki means on the grill. So basically whatever you like how you like
it on the grill. On the grill with a whole bunch of ingredients.
There is going to be like a pancake batter. We’re just going to be cooking right here. And something that is awesome is we’ve chosen to do this to cook ourselves.

Well this is great. We got some assistance yes without really
asking for it which is probably a really good thing. It is a really good thing. I thought it was brilliant how they cooked the meat first and now that it is put on top. Otherwise we may not have cooked that properly. We might have eaten it half raw. So yeah we got two different kinds.

We got a special mix which came with pork and some seafood. And then we got one that is strictly seafood. We have octopus, we have shrimp. I think we have cuttlefish as well.

A little bit of everything. We’ve got a little bit of everything from
the sea. Yeah, this has been waiting for me in Japan
all my life. This is so good.

It is so savoury and salty with the seafood ingredients but then at the same time you’ve got a little bit of kick and sweetness with that sauce. That Worcester sauce.

It is just such a nice contrast between those two. Anyways in terms of price point the main one that we got was a 1220 Yen and the other one the seafood one was 1250 Yen and so that was the price of the mains. The strawberry dessert was 300 Yen and the creamy custard that I got was 380 Yen.

So overall pretty good value. Like for all of for both of us to eat here
it was less than $15 US dollars per person.

So guys thanks so much for watching and we will see you very soon with more Japanese food and travel videos.

This is part of our Travel in Japan video series showcasing Japanese food, Japanese culture and Japanese cuisine.

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