Friday, 19 March 2010
Last night Garth and I went for okonomiyaki, a japanese savoury pancake associated with Hiroshima that is grilled on a hotplate in front of you. We decided to sit at the bar for the free show as the chefs ingeniously concocted these amazing structures out of batter (made of flour, grated yam and water, with egg and grated cabbage), and then a meat of your choice. I had shrimp and Garth had pork and we sat there in awe (drinking a thirst-quenching frozen beer) as they went through the steps. First they mix up the cabbage and batter and place it on the hot plate. They let it sit there for quite a while, sizzling and getting crispy - we were told it would be a 20 min wait. They then top it off with an amazing sauce and a big old squirt of mayonnaise, and then hand it to you, where you eat it directly off the hot plate. Yummy!