I love Fridays! It’s not just a short day at work, but I also get to try something new for dinner which ushers in the weekend! So I decided that we shall have a Japanese-themed dinner! (: After searching Tastespotting for some inspiration, I decided on two dishes for the night : Okonomiyaki & salmon, shiitake and edamame soba noodles!
So what is okonomiyaki? It is actually a savoury pancake that is mainly made up with cabbage and anything you wanna put in it! I’ve had it a couple of times, and really love it with the combination of mayonnaise and bbq sauce. Since it was Friday, we had ours with prawns! (: I realised that I have been having heaps of Korean, and was really craving for some Japanese. I have to say though, I’m really lucky that the mr eats everything, so I am able to cook what I wanted. And he would happily eat it! hehe PHEW!
I think it turned out really well for a first-timer! (: But a pity I didn’t shred my cabbage thin enough so it was a little chunkier than I wished, and a little difficult to shape it into nice circles when pan-frying it. But besides that, it was really simple and yummy! And one thing I really enjoyed was alternating the sauces and using the toothpick to make the marbling effect on top of the pancake! hehe
Okonomiyaki (adapted from Las Vegas Food Adventures)
2 cups green cabbage, finely shredded
6 fresh shiitake mushrooms, thinly sliced
1 clove garlic, finely chopped
330g prawn, deveined and cut into half
1 cup plain flour
1 tbs corn flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
2/3 cup stock (I used fish stock, but you can always use chicken or dashi)
salt, to season
1) Combine the flour, corn flour and baking powder and mix it well. Mix the fish stock and egg together, and combine with the flour mixture. Mix until you get a thick pancake batter.
2) Add the cabbage, shiitake mushrooms, prawns and garlic to the batter. Season with salt. Heat a non-stick frying pan on medium fire, and add some vegetable oil. Add half of the pancake mix and flatten it to the depth of the prawns with a spatula.
3) Cook the pancake for about 10-15 minutes, flipping several times, until both sides are golden brown.
4) Serve it hot, drizzle the top with japanese mayonnaise and homemade bbq suace (recipe below).
1/2 cup ketchup
1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
1/4 cup Soju/ Sake
1/2 tsp brown sugar
1) Mix everything together and whisk until the sugar is completely dissolved. Place in a squeeze bottle, so you could easily drizzle on the pancake.
PS : Stay tuned for the recipe of the salmon soba noodles !