An Okonomiyaki is a form of savoury pancake containing a variety of ingredients. Okonomi means “what you like”, and yaki meaning “grilled” ; case in example the meat/seafood in the okonomiyaki (yakitori) & the noodles in it (yakisoba).
In Japan, Okonomiyaki is mainly associated with Kansai or Hiroshima areas, but is widely available throughout the country. Toppings and batters tend to vary according to region. (source: Wikipedia)
In Malaysia, Okonomiyaki can be found in…… of all places; Low Yat Plaza, though I just read recently of another restaurant who offers this tasty & simple pancake.
The dining area is very bare; or should I say there is none? Your choices are either right in front of the teppanyaki hot plate, or on tables on the walkway in front of their tiny shoplot.
The set-up is no-frills and simple, and the same could be said of the food. Meats and seafood are all lightly seasoned & grilled. Portions are fair for the price you pay, which starts from RM16+ onwards for each Okonomiyaki.
Ok, I’m gross. I actually dug out the fillings for my Seafood & Pork Okonomiyaki 😉 But I’m sure guys wanted to see what you get for RM16+, right?
Like I said, the ingredients are a aplenty. There were copious amount of squids, prawns, bean sprouts, noodles and large pieces of pork.
Below: The proper Okonomiyaki before I started dissecting it.
It all started out with the a layer of batter, which forms the base layer of the okonomiyaki. Shredded cabbage & bean sprouts followed by the meats and seafood were then piled on top.
I do not know what the original noodles should be, but here I got these “Chinese yellow mee lookalike”. These were lightly seasoned and fried.
The okonomiyaki is then flipped over, allowing the ingredients to cook (note the meats and seafood is on top, presumably for direct contact with the teppanyaki pan).
I was worried at first, seeing that the raw ingredients were not mixed up and fried but just left overturned as below. I wondered if it’s going to be undercooked but it turned out alright so there wasn’t any cause for concern in the end.
Then an egg was cracked & spread out to form the top layer. The okonomiyaki is transfered onto the egg layer.
The whole okonomiyaki is flipped around again, leaving the egg on top and a ‘special’ sweet sauce ( I suspect it is Teriyaki-based) is slatered generously over the top.
A dash of salt & pepper plus a sprinkle of chopped parsley later, the Okonomiyaki is ready to be served.
Don’t be fooled by the size and simple outlook. This darn omelette is very filling. I almost couldn’t finish it myself. ALMOST.
I enjoyed my FIRST Okonomiyaki & I’m pleased that in a way, it is a very healthy snack since minimal oil was used. I hope to taste an actual one in Japan. This is supposedly authentic but then, who could verify?
Original Okonomiyaki Hiroshima Style
Lot LG3, LG Floor (Foodcourt of LowYat, opposite a magazine shop & near the ATM machines)
Plaza Low Yat,
Jalan 1/77 Off Jalan Bukit Bintang,
57100 Kuala Lumpur
Opening Hours : 1130 – 2130
Price : RM 16+ each.