Super Local Okonomiyaki Restaurant Kawakami in Okayama

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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.

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

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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.

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

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Splitting into three

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Quite big, isn’t it?

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Done!

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.

Negiyaki

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

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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.

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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!

Lastly

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)


Easy Takoyaki Recipe for Takoyaki Party

Easy Takoyaki Recipe: ready to eat

Hi guys. Do you like takoyaki? Me, I do. Once in a while I crave for takoyaki and last night, we had takoyaki party at home. In this post, I’ll share an easy takoyaki recipe.

I’ve heard that in Osaka, most households have their own set of kitchen tools for making takoyaki at home.

Unfortunately, we don’t have that. Instead, we have one that is perfect for a starter.

Easy Takoyaki Recipe: takoyaki plate

This one has a removable plate. It comes with another plain plate for cooking like yakisoba.

Ingredients

These are the ingredients needed to make takoyaki.

Easy Takoyaki Recipe: Ingredients

(For about 40 pieces)

(A)
– 300 grams of flour
– 900 ml of water
– 5 grams of dashi no moto (soup stocks powder)
– 3 pcs. of eggs

(B)
– chopped spring onions
– chopped boiled octopus
– cooking oil for greasing the plate

For topping:
– mayonnaise
– takoyaki sauce (optional)
– bonito flakes (optional)
– aosa powder [sea lettuce powder] (optional)

Although it’s more flavorful with takoyaki sauce, bonito flakes and aosa powder, if you only got mayonnaise, that will do. The simplest form of takoyaki you can find in Japan is no topping at all.

Now we got all the ingredients we need. It’s time to cook takoyaki!

Procedure

Prepare the takoyaki batter.

Easy Takoyaki Recipe: Mixing flour, fish powder, eggs
For the batter, mix the (A) ingredients. The consistency of the batter shouldn’t be too thick, more like watery. In that way, the takoyaki will be light, soft and creamy inside.

Easy Takoyaki Recipe: Mixing the batter well

Ready the takoyaki plate.

Turn on the takoyaki plate and spread some cooking oil.
Easy Takoyaki Recipe: Apply oil

Pour the batter into the holes.

If it overflows the holes a little, don’t worry, you can tuck in the rest when you flip it later.

Easy Takoyaki Recipe: Pour in the batter

Add the octopus and spring onions.

Now, add the chopped octopus and spring onions into each hole. Wait for few minutes to cook the outer layer of the balls, so you can flip it without crumbling it into pieces.

Easy Takoyaki Recipe: Add in octopus and spring onions

Don’t overcook. The remaining liquid part inside will drip down to the bottom to form the rest of the ball.

Flip the takoyaki.

When the outer layer turns light brown, flip the takoyaki. You can use pointed sticks to flip it easily. Tuck in the excess part into the hole. Wait for another few minutes until the bottom side is cooked.

Easy Takoyaki Recipe: almost done

Put some toppings.

It’s cooked now, take it out from the hot plate and transfer to a serving plate. For topping, add takoyaki sauce, mayonnaise, aosa powder and bonito flakes.

Easy Takoyaki Recipe: ready to eat

Tips and more…

Time to eat! Be cautious when eating takoyaki, never try to eat up the entire takoyaki at once. It’s pretty hot inside that you may get yourself burned.

Aside from octopus, you can also use other seafoods. I sometimes use fish sausage. Although, technically it won’t be called takoyaki anymore, it would be kaisen-yaki (kaisen for seafood and yaki for grill).

It is one option to cook when getting together with family and friends. Easy to prepare and everyone can participate in cooking while chatting, making meal a lot more exciting and fun.

In Japan, you can find takoyaki plate mostly in department stores. You can find very affordable one online or even in Donki Quijote. If you are living outside Japan, here some items I found on Amazon.