Byron Bay – Okonomiyaki – 06 July 2022

This afternoon we were in the kitchen, cooking Japanese Okonomiyaki!


Okonomiyaki are Japanese savory pancakes packed with flavor.

Popular street food from Osaka, Japan, Okonomiyaki is a savory version of Japanese pancake, okonomi (as you like it) + yaki (grilled) okonomi (as you like it) + yaki (grilled) – made with flour, eggs, shredded cabbage, and your choice of protein, and topped with a variety of condiments. The possibility for the filling and topping choices are endless.

In Japan, people usually eat okonomiyaki at restaurants that specialize in the dish. At some of these restaurants the dining tables are each equipped with an iron griddle (“teppan”), and customers are given the ingredients to cook the meal themselves. It is also a popular dish on festivals or as a family meal.

Image by Wandercooks 



Many students were interested in joining this activity – mostly the Japanese!


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This is the recipe we used:

For the pancake base:

  • Pork / Bacon 
  • Cabbage
  • Flour
  • Dashi , だし (Chicken Stock)

For the toppings:

  • Okonomiyaki Sauce
  • Kewpie Mayonnaise
  • Pickled red ginger
  • Corn
  • Spring Onion

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  1. Fry the Bacon
    Heat a medium non-stick frying pan over high heat. Cook the bacon until crispy. Set aside
  2. Slice Onions and Cabbage
    While the bacon is cooking, slice the cabbage and the spring onion into thin slices.
  3. Make the Batter
    Combine flour, corn flour and eggs in a large bowl. Add the chicken stock (dashi) and stir until smooth.
  4. Add ingredients
    Add bacon, slices cabbage, spring onion, ginger and corn to the mix. Season with salt and pepper
  5. Fry the Okonomiyaki:
    Heat up a large frying pan over medium heat. Drizzle some oil in the pan and spoon a good size pancake batter into the pan and cook it each side until golden brown.
  6. Enjoy the pancakes
    Divide the pancakes among serving plates. Drizzle with the mayonnaise and okonomiyaki sauce. You can top it with more cabbage, spring onion and ginger if you like.


Here is the link to the original recipe, we adapted 🙂



The results were amazing and all our Okonomiyaki turned out great!


Everybody had a great time!

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