Super Easy Rice Cooker Recipe: Chocolate Banana Cake


Kabayan! It’s Mr. Wada on duty.

As I’ve introduced a rice cooker recipe of Kakuni last time, I feel like trying another this time.

Super Easy Rice Cooker Recipe: Kakuni (Japanese braised pork belly)

Let’s try one from this rice cooker recipe book I’ve got.


Let’s Make A Chocolate Banana Cake

In winter I make sweet potato cakes more often but I’m getting sick of it. It’s time to move on. Hehe.

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Ingredients (for 4 servings)

– 100 grams of pancake mix
– 20 ml of milk or soy milk
– 2 pcs. of eggs
– 4 tbsp. of olive oil
– 1 pc. of banana
– half of chocolate bar


Mix ingredients

Mix pancake mix, eggs, and milk in a rice cooker bowl (this may sound lazy but it’s me. hehe.). Oh, don’t forget to pour olive oil as well.


No additional sugar is needed since the pancake mix already comes plenty of it. Throw the chopped bananas and crushed chocolate pieces in.


Extra topping like raisins would be nice.



Press “Cook/Start” button on the rice cooker.

and wait until it’s done.



Hmmm, smells good. Transfer it onto a plate and let it cool down for a while.



This one’s really easy. Can’t beat pro’s work but it could be nice as instant tea time snack.

See you around!

Bon Appetit!

Super Local Okonomiyaki Restaurant Kawakami in Okayama


Yo buddies. It’s Mr. Wada back on duty! It’s been rainy last few weeks but in general I love this season the most. I believe you are enjoying the season as well. It seems that I’ve been showing you around my neighborhood.

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Well, that’s a part of adventure. I’ll take you a bit deeper this time. In other words, super local.

Enter A Local Okonomiyaki Restaurant

Have I mentioned about Okonomiyaki before? Ah, yes, a little bit in the post of Miyajima, Hirohima.

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You know, it is one of the popular Japanese foods. Japanese pizza or pancake, whatever you call it. I will show you how a private Okonomiyaki restaurant looks like. There has been an Okonomiyaki resto nearby my workplace. You wouldn’t notice from the main road but yeah, it does exist.



Can’t even tell if it’s open by a glance. Though, it seems open.


Open the door and it’s a tiny room with bunch of people (couldn’t take a photo). A woman over the giant Teppan plate seems to handle all. We sat and we’re going get a couple of Okonomiyaki for three of us (it was with our friend) but she suggested to get just one and see if it would be enough. Hm? Would that be that big? OK….we’ll see.

She started cooking just in front of us.

Lots of cabbage and some noodles. It must be Hiroshima style!




Splitting into three


Quite big, isn’t it?



It tasted good and yeah it was kinda big. But we still would want a bit more. I asked her to make us a Negiyaki.


It’s a different version of Okonomiyaki but with green onions instead if cabbage.

Look at that green onions!

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Had it with soy sauce. Nom nom. Yummy! She told us these veggies are from her garden. Wow. Cool. Alright, I’m now full. We might stop by sometime again.

Free Dessert

I swear we didn’t beg or anything though, she offered us these persimmons. How kind is she? Anyway, we had no reason to refuse free stuff. Hehe.

My favorite crunchy one!


OK, we are done. How much do I owe? …500 YEN for an Okonomiyaki, 500 YEN for a Negiyaki, so 1,000 YEN…..FOR ALL OF US???? That makes it 333 YEN for each!!! Wow. It is like the cheapest lunch we’ve ever had!


It’s unlikely for me to take some courage entering a franchise restaurant. I’d feel a little more nervous to open the door of places like this (probably more pressure for foreigners). But once you are in, the whole new experience is waiting for you! I suppose you should try one of those while in Japan! Try local, support local!

See you around!

Okonomiyaki Kawakami (sorry there’s no info)