Okonomiyaki 御好燒

Okonomiyaki is a Japanese savoury pancake with seafood and vegetables filling served with a thick Worcestershire sauce, seaweed sprinkle, bonito flakes, and mayonnaise. At World War II, a simpler version of Okonomiyaki made of flour, eggs, and whatever available at hand became popular when the supply of rice was short. The pancake was a nutritious alternative to rice as it was filling, and inexpensive.
Okonomiyaki literally translates as “as-you-like-it pancake”. With only kale and carrots left in the fridge, we made an attempt to make okonomiyaki with limited ingredients. First of all we prepared the vegetables: peel the carrots and shave them with a vegetable peeler into thin ribbons. Remove the ribs from the kale and thinly cut the leaves into ribbons as well. For roughly 6 cups of vegetables, toss with 1 teaspoon of salt and 1/3 cup of flour till all the ribbons of vegetable is coated with the flour. Then crack 4 eggs into the same bowl and mix well. To make the sauce: in a small saucepan, combine 1/4 cup of ketchup, 1 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce, 1/4 teaspoon of Dijon mustard, 1 tablespoon of Sake, 1 teaspoon of soy sauce, and 1 tablespoon of honey. With constant stirring, cook the sauce for 2 minutes. Meanwhile heat a small frying pan over medium heat and coat bottom of pan with some butter or oil. Add 1/4 of the mixture to the pan, fry the mixture for 1 1/2 to 2 minutes per side. The pancake is ready to be flipped when the edges have browned. When the pancakes are ready, remove from pan to dish, brush the pancakes with the sauce and sprinkle with some seaweed, bonito flakes, and mayonnaise if you have any. This whole batch makes about 4 pancakes of 6 inches in diameter. Serve this as a side dish for 4 people or as main for 2.

御好燒 (お好み焼き),一般香港人或會稱作大阪燒,原理有點像茶樓的薄撐,小麥粉,雞蛋,一些配料,煎幾下就可上碟。曾經有一位日本朋友帶我們吃過文字燒(もんじゃ焼き),材料也大同小異,但文字燒不是煎餅狀,要用小鏟子舀進嘴裡吃,就這樣邊燒邊舀著,友人說因為從前的社會很窮困,只能利用很少量的小麥粉,因此就形成這樣黏糊狀。
今天在家中想把食物弄得立體一點,製作御好燒的準備功夫簡單非常,只要把菜或配料切好就可以了,在這裡我們不討論刀法,一餐晚飯,煮得開心吃得開心就好了。御好燒的優勝之處是不用墨守成規,可以在選菜時多加點個人喜好,煎餅時又可加點性格,是完完全全度身訂造的系統,十分自由民主。