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Okonomiyaki

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.

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Composition of a classic Hiroshima-style Okonomiyaki
From the top down:
– Egg
– Noodles
– Pork belly
– Spring onions
– Bean sprouts
– Cabbage
– Batter

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.

Tell me more! Local and historical variations.

Mihara Modanyaki, a type of okonomiyaki containing chicken giblets.
  • Mihara City
Mihara Modanyaki, a type of okonomiyaki containing chicken giblets.
Kure Yaki, a type of folded okonomiyaki containing chopped udon noodles.
  • Kure City
Kure Yaki, a type of folded okonomiyaki containing chopped udon noodles.
納豆と山芋を入れた「ふわふわ納豆焼」
  • Kumano-cho
Fuwafuwa Tofu Yaki, a type of okonomiyaki containing natto and yam.
酒粕や日本酒を生地に練り込んだ「たけはら焼」
  • Takehara City
Takehara Yaki, a type of okonomiyaki made with batter containing sake and sake lees.
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