Baked Savouries, Ethnic Edibles

Japanese Pancakes

Posted by Devagi

This pancake, also known as Okonomiyaki, is a classic Japanese street food.  You can omit the eggs to make a vegetarian version. Don’t limit yourself to the use of cabbage and prawns only. Chicken, mushrooms, sesame seeds, chopped broccoli, tuna and many other ingredients can be used as toppings too.

Preparation time:   20 minutes

Cooking time:         10 minutes

Serves:           5

2 teaspoons cooking oil

250 g peeled prawns, chopped

1 tablespoon soy sauce

Pinch of ground black pepper

250 g self-raising flour

300 ml water or stock

300 g minced prawns

3 eggs

100 g cabbage, finely chopped

50 g spring onions, sliced

Salt and pepper

2 tablespoons cooking oil or melted butter

Worcestershire sauce

Japanese mayonnaise


  1. Heat oil and add in the chopped prawns, soy sauce and ground black pepper.
  2. Stir fry over high heat until minced prawns are cooked and dry. Leave aside to cool.
  3. Place the flour in a bowl. Make a well in the centre. Gradually add the water, and combine to make a smooth batter. Cover with cling wrap and keep refrigerated for about half hour.
  4. Add the eggs to the batter and whisk to combine. Stir in the chopped cabbage, chopped spring onions and salt and pepper.
  5. Heat oil or butter in a non-stick frying pan over medium-high heat.
  6. Pour about 80 ml (about 3 tablespoons) of the batter and swirl to cover the base. Sprinkle with 2 teaspoons of the minced prawn mixture. Cook for 3 minutes or until the pancake is golden underneath and looks cooked on top.
  7. Repeat with remaining batter.
  8. Drizzle Worcestershire sauce and mayonnaise over each pancake.
  9. Serve.

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