Okonomiyaki Pancakes

We got a subscription box from Try the World featuring Japan right around the time I picked out the Okonomiyaki pandake recipe out from our Food & Wine cookbook. So it felt like a sign that we should try it!

The Try the World box came with a kit like this:
http://www.amazon.com/Okonomiyaki-kit-Japanese-pizza-4-3/dp/B000FI0Z02/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1444006021&sr=8-2&keywords=okonomiyaki+kit

It had nearly everything we needed.

The Food & Wine book called for Kewpie Mayonnaise:
http://www.amazon.com/Kewpie-Mayonnaise-17-64-Oz/dp/B00023T3IA/ref=pd_sim_325_2?ie=UTF8&refRID=0GA3XECJZJMX25VG6ET9&dpID=41iQTxJuagL&dpSrc=sims&preST=_AC_UL160_SR160%2C160_

and Tonkatsu sauce:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0002IZD1G?psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=oh_aui_detailpage_o08_s02
These cabbage pancakes can be made a lot of different ways. The recipe in the kit was slightly different from the Try The World recipe was slightly different from the Food & Wine recipe.

This is how we usually make them.

Serves 2.

Mix together 1/3 cup water, 1 egg, and 1/2 cup okonomiyaki flour. Stir in 2 cups shredded cabbage, optional 1 tablespoon diced up pickled ginger (like the type used for sushi), 1 tablespoon or so chopped green onion, and 1/4 up of the tenkasu. You can substitute panko bread crumbs.

Oil a pan. We usually make two big pancakes out of this. And usually cook them one at a time. If you want to make 2, just put half the mixture in and flatten it. Add two strips of raw bacon on top. Cook over medium-low heat for about 8 minutes. When the bottom is crispy, flip it over, bacon side down. Cook about 8 minutes.

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It comes out looking something like this:
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Top with the tonkatsu sauce and kewpie mayo!
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Once when we didn’t have bacon, we did avocado and that was amazing too!
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We liked them so much, we bought the individual ingredients and skipped the kit. They included

Tenkasu (tempura bits): http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004HVLW14?psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=oh_aui_detailpage_o02_s00

Okonomiyaki flour:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00MFNL5SG?psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=oh_aui_detailpage_o02_s01

The yam powder that came in the first kit, though in my opinion, we’ve made these without it and you don’t need it:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004HW4B9S?psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=oh_aui_detailpage_o03_s00

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