Japan: Okonomiyaki

O-konomi-yaki.

Okonomiyaki was the first Japanese food that I had here in Japan, it happened when my manager joined me for lunch and she was eating okonomiyaki, that looked strange to me. it doesn’t look like a pancake, but it reminds me of okoy (an Ilocano dish made of small shrimps or a shrimp pancake lol). She offered a bit of it and I really liked it. It was tasty and the taste of mayonnaise makes it perfect.

So here is some information I asked bessy Wiki, Okonomiyaki (o-konomi-yaki)  is a Japanese savory pancake containing a variety of ingredients. The name is derived from the word okonomi, meaning “how you like” or “what you like”, and yaki meaning “grill”. Okonomiyaki is mainly associated with the Kansai or Hiroshima areas of Japan, but is widely available throughout the country. Toppings and batters tend to vary according to region. In Tokyo, there is liquid okonomiyaki called ‘monjayaki.’

(Reference: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Okonomiyaki)

November 18, 2017

After I finished work, I went to the supermarket just infront of my workplace to buy some grocery, I was too exhausted because I bought rice too and my home is 10-15 minutes away, plus the cold (I was dying lol). But after I put all my things down in my apartment, Iza asked me to come eat with them because they’re infront of my house already, which is crazy, I had to change clothes immediately and meet them downstairs. She’s with H. She said it’s a long story and we ended up in an Okonomiyaki restaurant.

The restaurant has a long line when we arrived but our desire and patience is longer so we waited until it was our turn. It didn’t took us long enough tho and we were so happy about that. We decided to order 3 different things and the first one was monjayaki, it is similar to okonomiyaki but has different liquid ingredents. Compare to okonomiyaki, this one is thinner and pasty like, it was good but not for my liking as it was too thin lol.

I enjoyed cooking but was a bit disappointed after because I think I only had one spoonful of it and it didn’t reach my throat haha. An order of monja costs us ¥690.

The second one that we had was okonomiyaki, we ordered corn and cheese because Iza is a vegetarian, I didn’t mind it because we both love cheese.

I enjoyed okonomiyaki so much, I would say it was a perfect 10 and we paid ¥850 for one and share.

We waited for ages for the last order and it turned out that the server forgot that we ordered so we had to wait for another couple of minutes for it. If I wasn’t mistaken it was a Hiroyoshima style okonomiyaki. It is a type of okonomiyaki topped with cabbage, green onion, bean sprout, noodles (yakisoba) and sliced pork belly. It was my second favorite, it was tasty and unique. Iza liked the okonomiyaki too and second was this. We paid ¥790 for this one.

But the best part of today’s dinner was when I saw a group of girls passed our table and they were all eating cotton candy! I can’t take my eyes of them and I had to ask H to get me one. He went to the counter and when he came back he told us we can get cotton candy for free, but wait that’s not it, we can make our own. OMG. I haven’t tried making cotton candy in my entire life lol. I was so excited and grabbed the chance to make my first ever cotton candy.

I can’t contain my happiness even tho my cotton candy turned out to be a disaster, I kept on spinning and just spinning, H was giving instructions but I was too excited to listen and the he gave up lol. After we ate our candies I told them I have to redeem myself and tried making another one, it was better than the first one but still didn’t pass H’s judgement (ijime-bully).

We settled our bills and I went home super happy. The next morning I told my manager about the cotton candy and she promised to take us out in the same restaurant next time. I can’t wait.

Burp. Oopps.

Bored Sensei.

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