What is Okonomiyaki?
Okonomiyaki is one of the most popular Japanese street-food dishes. Furthermore, there are more than 30,000 restaurants in Japan specialized in okonomiyaki. However, this dish still remains largely unknown in the West.
It consists of a batter made with water, flour and dashi. Okonomiyaki is famous for their toppings. They are so varied that they are suitable for vegetarians and meat lovers alike. No wonder then that its name means Okonomi (as you like it) + Yaki (grilled).
Some of the most common toppings are spring onions, thin slices of pork and prawns, among many others.
This dish can be found in various forms depending on where it is cooked – the most iconic being Kansai okonomiyaki and Hiroshima okonomiyaki.
Is takoyaki sauce the same as okonomiyaki sauce?
No. Takoyaki and okonomiyaki sauce are different, but you can (and we have done it more than once) substitute one for the other.
Let me tell you a bit more. One of the big differences is that okonomiyaki sauce has a thicker consistency than takoyaki sauce.
Worcestershire Sauce, Europea (left) and Japanese (right)
Okonomiyaki sauce, 4 ingredients
This sauce can be prepared in a jiffy and only requires 4 ingredients that are fairly easy to find:
- Oyster sauce (or, if you’re allergic, mushroom sauce)
- Worcestershire sauce – you can use either the European or the Japanese version
- Sugar, depending on the type of ketchup and worcestershire sauce, more or less sugar will be needed.
- In a bowl, add all the ingredients and stir.