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Okonomiyaki is a classic Hiroshima specialty. Other savory pancakes such as Kansai-style okonomiyaki and Tokyo-style monjayaki use pork and vegetables in a wheat flour batter too, but Hiroshima-style okonomiyaki are made with a special technique.
A thin pancake is spread on a large griddle, covered in vegetables, such as cabbage, bean sprouts, and spring onions, and then is cooked under a cover to steam it. After that, noodles are placed on top and the okonomiyaki is cooked further, before finally green laver flakes and a special sauce are sprinkled on top.
Hiroshima-style okonomiyaki bring out the flavor of its special sauce. Different shops use different sauces, with some even making their own and selling bottles of it as souvenirs.
Hiroshima-style okonomiyaki are traditionally eaten directly off a griddle set in the shop counter, but some shops serve hot okonomiyaki on plates. Sitting by the griddle allows one to watch the okonomiyaki being prepared.
Composition of a classic Hiroshima-style Okonomiyaki
From the top down:
– Pork belly
– Spring onions
– Bean sprouts
Shops selling Hiroshima-style okonomiyaki can be found anywhere in the city, and such shops can be found clustered together in places like Okonomi-mura, Okonomi Republic, and Okonomi Monogatari. Okonomiyaki shops can sometimes also sell grilled meat, grilled oysters, stir-fried vegetables, or oden (Japanese stew). Typical soba-niku-tama (egg, meat and soba noodle) okonomiyaki cost approximately 700 yen each. Variations such as udon-niku-tama (egg, meat and udon noodle) okonomiyaki are also common, and toppings such as cheese, oysters, and mochi rice cake are also available.