Saturday, November 28, 2009

Okonomiyake in Kamakura

After the lightness of being (apologizes to Milan Kundera) in the presence of the Kamakura Daibutsu and the Bamboo Grove at the Hokoku-ji (Temple) we were in the mood for some really good substantial food. What better than the Okonomiyake place we found down a side street in Kamakura.



The side street to the restaurant. Thank goodness I was with someone who reads and speaks Japanese.


Mixing the pancake batter with the other ingredients is serious business.



Be careful not to let too much batter run down the side of the mixing bowl.



The batter is then poured onto the greased grill.


Flatten the pancake as it begins to cook.


Okay, sit back and enjoy your beer....


Mom will take over for a bit.


Almost done.


Add some mayonnaise and bonita flakes which wave in the heat from the grill.



Ready to eat.


Yummy.


And a local beer to drink too.



A successful first course.....stay tuned.....

3 comments:

YTSL said...

Hi sbk --

Wow, that okonomiyaki you guys made looks pretty good! Also, it looks like you went for Osaka-style okonomiyaki... have you ever had the layered (and with noodles inside) Hiroshima-style? (God, I'm salivating at the thought of those! ;b)

Glenn, kenixfan said...

Awesome! I only know this from a Bourdain episode (of course) but your pictures make it look delicious!

sbk said...

hi ytsl,

Yes, the okonomiyaki was very good and so much fun to make ourselves.

I haven't had the Hiroshima style. We did watch a couple make this style. It's a bit more difficult to make. You cook the thin pancakes then layer the food on one pancake and have a pancake on the top. You then flip the whole thing to brown the top pancake which is the hard part. While not entirely successful we agreed the couple did much better than we would have :-)

Hi Glenn,

Do try this if you ever get a chance. Even if your pancake falls apart when you flip it it still tastes yummy. If you're unsure of what to do the wait person is usually helpful and if language is a problem he/she and you can mime back and forth.