Okonomiyaki (お好み焼き) or ‘fried/grilled-as-you-like-it’ is such an iconic dish that it is sometimes referred to as a ‘Japanese pizza’ or ‘Japanese pancake’. These nicknames disguise the fact that okonomiyaki is packed with vegetables and therefore, I think, relatively healthy. Arguments over Osaka vs Hiroshima style will sizzle on forever, but the basic elements of the dish remain universal. (For the record, mine is a rough imitation of the Osaka style.) After playing around a lot with the ratios, I’ve settled on an easy okonomiyaki recipe, adapted for what I usually find in my fridge. Read on to find out more!
January 2018 is upon us. With the excesses of Christmas behind me, I’m thinking once more about healthy foods. Indeed, the overarching theme for this month so far has been: getting as many nutrients as possible, and getting them piping hot. Two of the healthy Japanese dishes I’ve been eating – clear soup and rice porridge – fit the bill perfectly. So today, I’d like to share some information about these two simple dishes and their roots in Japan’s high and low cuisine.
days blank and smooth
as the sky
The possession of an electronic rice cooker (Japanese: 炊飯器 suihanki) is obviously something to which everyone aspires. It is said that when a rice cooker not only delivers perfect Japanese rice but also plays a cheery tune when it does so, ultimate satisfaction will ensue. Indeed, I would be a perfectly contented human, were it not for the fact that my musically-inclined rice cooker is currently consigned to storage. However am I coping? Can you even cook Japanese rice without some sort of jingle? It’s time to find out.
before the feast
the garden table’s laid
with a white cloth