In the event of major stress, there can only be one answer- food! Not just eating but crawling to the kitchen and immersing myself into perfecting a new recipe. The control I have over how well a dish turns out puts my mind at ease unlike the total lack of control over my life as of now. In a fit of rage I went on a Japanese youtube watching spree. My favourite channels for yummy Japanese recipes are Cooking with Dog, Runnyrunny999 and Ochikeron! I got inspired to try and make okonomiyaki as it’s always been a favourite when eating out!
Recipe (Yields 10 small- medium pancakes or 4 large pancakes)
1. 1.5 cups plain flour
2. 4 small eggs/ 3 large eggs
3. 450g of cabbage (stem intact)
4. 300g Nagaimo aka Mountain Yam aka Huai San (can be easily found at local NTUC)
5. 3 spring onions
6. 175 ml of hot water + 1 packet of dashi stock
7. Fillings of your choice- I used cooked, cut shrimp and dry shrimp, but feel free to go crazy (I heard cheese inside is really yummy)
8. Brown Sauce- This can very from tonkatsu sauce, okomi sauce or a combination of Worcestershire sauce + ketchup will do well
Optional: japanese mayo, aoi nori, benishoga, pickled radish, bacon slices
1. cut out stem from cabbage and slice to form cabbage strips. do the same with the spring onions!
2. In a bowl add flour, cabbage and spring onions. Toss to coat flour evenly
3. Peel and grate nagaimo using smallest grate size possible. You could also chop up and blitz on a food processor
4. add nagaimo, dashi and eggs to the bowl. stir until combined (do not over mix as it will toughen the cakes!!!!!)
5. Once mixed, fold in your fillings
6. coat a cold frying pan with oil
7. cut bacon in half and lay down bacon strips to form a little square of bacon (optional)
8. spoon in mixture and use your spatula or whatever to form a round shape, cake thickness should be about 3 cm
9. On low heat, cover the frying pan and let it sit for 7 minutes or until pancake is golden brown on one side
10. flip and lt other side cook for another 3 minutes
11. plate up and put whatever toppings you like!
You’ll find this to be really filling with fluffy yet chewy batter and it makes you happy knowing that you’re eating a healthy meal packed with veggies. Just don’t go cray cray with the sauce!!
ps. for every subsequent pancake there really isn’t a need to wait for pan to cool down. Just keep spooning onto a hot pan it’ll be fine!