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While visiting Japan, and especially after returning from my visit to Japan, I’ve been asked countless times, “What’s your favorite Japanese food?” Before my visit to Japan, I’d always respond with something like, “I dunno, sushi… chicken teriyaki maybe.” Not so anymore. While I was in Japan I got to dine on a food unlike any I had ever experienced before. This food was the peerless okonomiyaki. And it’s delicious.

What is an Okonomiyaki, Anyway?

Okonomiyaki can best be described as a kind of savory pancake. Often translated as an “as you like it pancake,” okonomiyaki can contain a wide variety of ingredients. Okonomiyaki is mainly associated with Hiroshima and the Kansai region of Japan, and there’s often much debate between okonomiyaki aficionados as to which style is superior (it’s Kansai style, in case you were wondering).

Toppings and batters tend to vary according to region but most commonly include any combination of cabbage, meat, seafood, corn, bean sprouts, okonomiyaki sauce (which is kind of similar to steak sauce), mayonnaise, dried bonito flakes, green onion, pickled red ginger, dried seaweed powder, and tempura crumbs. It’s awesome.

Basically, you take some batter with cabbage tossed in, add some savory items from above, cook on a hot surface/pan/whatever, then top with fixings and sauces. There’s a lot of customization here, but they’re all super tasty.

Unfortunately, there’s not really a definitive history on the dish since it’s not really specific as to what makes one up, but it’s speculated that these types of savory pancake thingies have been around in Japan since the 16th century or so. I couldn’t believe that I hadn’t even tried one until after I visited Japan. I’d been missing out on so much!

The turn to okonomiyaki as we know it today seems to have started in the early 1900s. In Japan, Western food was considered anything made from wheat flour, and street vendors wanted to capitalize on this fad of Western food in Japan. Therefore, they would whip up a simple batter and make thin pancakes on an open air griddle and fill it with savory ingredients, kind of like a burrito.

Competition was fierce though and vendors were always trying to outdo each other. Developed first in Tokyo, it soon evolved to include Worcestershire sauce (another import from the West) and cabbage among other things to give it more body. Its popularity quickly spread and eventually morphed into what we know as okonomiyaki today.

Kansai Style vs Hiroshima Style

The Kansai style is easily the most predominant (and best) variant of the dish and is found most widely throughout Japan. All the ingredients are mixed together as above, and it’s cooked much like you would prepare a normal pancake.

In Hiroshima, however, they do things totally wacky. First of all, the ingredients are layered rather than mixed which is ludicrous. The layers are usually batter, cabbage, pork, and optional items such as squid, octopus, and cheese. Noodles are also used as a base and/or topping with fried egg and a generous amount of okonomiyaki sauce. I’d be okay if it was just the egg or the excessive sauce, but noodles is taking it too far, Hiroshima – too far!

The amount of cabbage used is also about three to four times the amount used in Kansai style. Obviously, this is three to four times too much as the Kansai style’s amount of cabbage is perfect. The cabbage found in the inferior Hiroshima version is piled very high atop the okonomiyaki and then squashed down with a spatula. A heathen’s pancake, to be sure.

The Preparation

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Some restaurants will prepare the okonomiyaki for you, while others will leave you in charge of its preparation – they just supply the materials and the means. The latter is definitely more fun, especially if you know what you’re doing. If you don’t, well then you’re in trouble (see video above*). Better to let someone else take care of it for you.

These type of “do it yourself” restaurants aren’t all that uncommon in Japan (some even have you catching your own fish!), and while it may seem like a lazy way to get the patrons to do most of the work themselves, it is nice to have your meal cooked and prepared exactly to your own specifications. Again, assuming you know what you’re doing.

Okonomiyaki in America

Quite sadly, okonomiyaki does not seem to be very popular in America at all. I can’t comment on other countries outside of Japan, but in America at least, I don’t think I’ve ever seen it on the menu in Japanese restaurants (at least not in Ohio, anyway). If it were, I’d be eating it all the time.

Do not despair though! It is still possible to make your own okonomiyaki (if you’re brave). It’s not something I’ve yet attempted myself, but since writing this post and reinvigorating my love for the almighty okonomiyaki, I think I’ll have to give it a go sometime soon. For those brave souls interested, you can attempt to craft your own okonomiyaki by following a recipe online, such as this one from Okonomiyaki World.

If you can find a place that serves these in America, or if you are in Japan, please do yourself a favor and try some okonomiyaki. You won’t regret it.


So tell me, have you ever had okonomiyaki before? Do you love it? What’s your favorite style? Ever tried to make it yourself? Let us know in the comments!


*The drama from the video in this post is Kekkon Dekinai Otoko, one of my all-time favorite J-dramas. Check it out!

  • http://twitter.com/JACKTHEDANIELS ジャック (Jack)

    For some random reason, near where I live in London there is an okonomiyaki restuarant. I really wanna go there now…

  • Saikou

    WHERE!?!?!?!? I must go!

  • Tiffany

    Tried okonomiyaki at Japan Fest last year & was not a huge fan but I’d like to try it again in the future.

  • http://twitter.com/JACKTHEDANIELS ジャック (Jack)

    There are two places : 47 Museum Street WC1A 1LY & 17-18 Great Newport Street WC2H 7JE http://www.abeno.co.uk/ It’s kind of expensive as well…

  • Mescale

    That video was the best thing ever.

  • DAVIDPD

    I love, love, love okonomiyaki I make it at least twice a week at home. It takes awhile to get the flip down, but it’s worth the practice. If you would permit me, I made a video of me making a modified version here: https://vimeo.com/46515572

  • http://twitter.com/hphilipl3 hphilipl3
  • http://www.facebook.com/ltsiros Luciano Tsiros

    It’s available in several Japanese restaurants here in NYC (most prominently Kenka and Village Yokocho in the East Village)

  • http://twitter.com/toits nicole kline

    I had the same experience! This was my favorite food in Japan and I’ve been in search for a good place in Philadelphia. Great article!

  • http://www.tadaimatte.com/ Ashley Haley

    Love making okonomiyaki, and we’re lucky enough to have a restaurant here in Toronto!

  • http://twitter.com/Meroigo JOHANNES ☆ ヨハネス

    When I lived at Kujo in Osaka I used to buy and take home take-away okonomiyaki often like it was some kind of McDonald’s. But way better… :D Now I live near Nihonbashi but I haven’t had much time to explore for some cheap okonomiyaki take-away stands yet… Miss it. Thanks for the reminder, I will explore more! :)

  • http://www.vietamins.com Viet

    Okonomiyaki is good, but its all about the takoyaki.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1064553036 Layla Nascimento

    I know one “izakaya” in São Paulo (Liberdade) and their Okonomiyaki’s very good!!! :D

  • Chris

    I love Okonomiyaki!!! However Hiroshima style is far better, sorry!

  • Havoczephyr

    Does anyone know if it’s available in the Mitsuwa Marketplace in Edgewater NJ? I usually love scanning through the cafe for new things to try out :3

  • http://easteban.tumblr.com/ Esteban

    Would you sir, care to share some insight in regards of this mysterious Takoyaki~delicious dish? (In the form of an article, if you don’t mind, and just to make sure I’ll look up the whole Tofugu site for any previous claim, just to compare views). Best of luck today, sir.

  • Laura whisman

    Hook me up with okonomiyaki and some takoyaki and I’m in heaven

  • MangaTherapy

    We have izakayas in NY that serve it. Also, there’s a food truck that serves okonomiyaki as well as other Osaka goodies.

    http://www.japanculture-nyc.com/2012/08/25/okadaman-adds-osaka-flavor-to-nycs-food-truck-armada/

  • Rox

    My favorite youtube cooking show “Cooking with Dog” will teach you how to master Okonomiyaki! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NjmqBvRQ8tI

  • http://easteban.tumblr.com/ Esteban

    waaa I love it! D: I can’t have enough! I know a small stand run by another fellow mexi-guy here in Mexico City that sells delicious Okonomiyaki. He says proudly (or so does the stand ads read) that this is the same food prepared by Ukyo Kuonji in Ranma 1/2 . . I really don’t care much for that but DA fooood! D:

  • DAVIDPD

    Takoyaki is a shallow fried, savory doughnut. They are traditionally cooked in a lightly oiled half-sphere pan. A light batter is added, cooked briefly, and a small amount of cooked octopus is added, additionally, pickled ginger, benishoga, fried batter bits, agedama, and/or Japanese scallion, konegi, are sprinkled generously along with the octopus, the sphere is rotated in quarter turns until the entire thing is round crispy, and delicious. It is traditionally finished with a sweet sauce, not unlike what is added to okonomiyaki and plenty of Japanese mayonnaise called “Kewpie Mayo,” also furikake, toasted, shredded nori and sesame seeds mixture, is added along with katsuobushi, bonito-fish flakes. Its a gut bomb, but in the best possible way.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1550596562 Alexa VanDemark

    A little piece of heaven right there… Better than sushi any day.
    I visited Kobe with some fellow Americans and we ate at an okonomiyaki restaurant, and we were amused by the Japanese people who were amused at we foreigners trying to flip the okonomiyaki without destroying it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Cody-Dalton/27704471 Cody Dalton

    Hiroshima-fu>Osaka-fu. Gotta be said.

    And takoyaki are molten devil-balls. >.>

  • http://www.vietamins.com Viet

    What happened to DavidPD’s reply? :(

  • HatsuHazama

    Damn, why is there no Japanese resteraunt near me. The nearest thing is a Yo! Sushi bar, and those places…. well, they’re expensive and not suited to my taste. Plus, too much sushi (even though I guess it is called Yo! Sushi).

    Now, on the topic of food, where is Koichi and his personal obsession…

  • http://thepretentiousgamer.blogspot.com Rachel

    I make okonomiyaki at home too! I love how it doesn’t take long to make. Making sure it’s cooked all the way through is a bit tricky though. How do you spice yours?

  • http://easteban.tumblr.com/ Esteban

    Drooooling *_* I appreciate this a lot. ^_^ Thanks good DavidPD!

  • Jon

    It really sucks being a picky eater. Almost all foreign foods look like they taste bad to me (unless it’s something like a plain taco where it’s only meat and cheese). I wonder how well I’d fare in a foreign country (not that I’ve ever been outside of the US) if there were no McDonald’s (assuming they still carry normal cheeseburgers) around?

  • DAVIDPD

    The elapsed cook time on the one I made in the video was about 8 minutes. My best advice is using a cast iron pan on low-medium heat. That way you can leave it on the without worrying about it burning. I stick with the traditional ingredients but sometimes I add sichimi to it. As for spices, the toppings are where it’s at, I like Kewpie Mayo, Okonomiyaki sauce, katsuobushi, and furikake, sometimes scallion and more benishoga.

  • http://www.tofugu.com/ Hashi

    I shouldn’t have watched that — now I’m hungry :(

  • blueshoe

    Sorry to be a downer, but not a huge fan of okonomiyaki myself. Batter and cabbage…mmm?

  • http://www.tofugu.com/ Hashi

    Well, you’d definitely get out of your comfort zone, that’s for sure.

  • Tora.Silver

    Koichi is obsessed with obsessions. It’s rare to find a post with praises this high NOT by Koichi. :P

  • tanko

    What a timely article. I had okonomiyaki AND takoyaki at the Akimatsuri in Dallas yesterday.

  • John

    Blasphemy!

  • John

    Have you ever had takoyaki with hot dogs in the middle instead of octopus? It’s tasty!

  • John

    I am very sorry to hear it :(

  • Tuna

    I hope I can try it some day. It look so good, and now I’m really hungry.

  • Pepper_the_Sgt

    Okonomiyaki is so, so good. I had it twice when I visited Japan a couple of summers ago. Once was in a restaurant underneath the Kyoto station. If I remember right, it was in layers and had noodles in it. Fantastic. The other was Gifu. I was visiting a friend there and she showed me a place where you could make your own. I’m pretty culinary-ly ignorant in general, let alone foreign foods, so I just watched and drooled as it was made. That one was more Kansai style, I guess. Also fantastic, and the atmosphere was nice.

  • http://twitter.com/JapanCultureNYC JapanCulture•NYC

    Sorry, John, but I disagree with you. Hiroshima-style okonomiyaki is fantastic! The layering and the yakisoba are what make it soooo good. As other people have mentioned, come to NYC for your okonomiyaki fix!

  • http://twitter.com/JapanCultureNYC JapanCulture•NYC

    I don’t think the restaurants at Mitsuwa serve okonomiyaki. Now I need to go there to find out!

  • John in Texas

    Okonomiyaki has been one of my all time favorite foods ever since my first taste of it in Nagoya in 1991. But I’m sad to tell you, you did make one newbie error, John. Hiroshima style is best. Hands down. :-P

  • Mandarina

    As soon as i read “okonomiyaki” in the title I remembered about that drama… It made me sooo hungry just watching Abe Hiroshi preparing it XD Actually, I was always hungry while watching that drama… Anyway, thanks for the post =) I’d really like to try okonomiyaki, even if I usually don’t like when so many ingredients are mixed together.

  • orangedude

    It looks so good! That guy in the video was such a jerk though! So full of himself…

  • John

    Aww, lucky!

  • John

    Boooo~

  • John

    I’ve never been to NYC :( I must go!

  • Koichinist

    Not everybody can be as cool as Koichi, you know.

  • http://twitter.com/brightest ◕ ◡ ◕ thea

    I have tried both styles of okonomiyaki and I love them both! Hiroshima is just more filling though since it comes with noodles. Here in the Philippines, it’s not common to see it served here too (I only know of 2 existing restaurants) as compared to bastardized versions of takoyaki, sushi, and ramen.

  • http://www.facebook.com/joshua.hurd Joshua Hurd

    We made this at a year end party for Japanese language courses at the local Japanese Cultural Centre one time. It was pretty good. I think I might have also seen it on a few menus where I live…

  • John in Texas

    I can’t speak for NJ, but the Mitsuwa’s in San Jose, CA and Arlington Hts, IL both have served okonomiyaki at one time or another.

  • conpanbear

    It is available in many Japanese food places in Australia. It’s so cheap, easy, and delicious to make at home, though!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/Alimaria Skye Sprik

    This is just a trick to make me hooked on that Jdrama. I know it.

  • Clarissa

    I enjoyed monja more… but okonomiyaki is still really good :)

  • Vincent Trapani

    You never heard of okonomiyaki John until now???? I was introduced via my Japanese friends rather quickly. I guess no one wanted to share the insider Japanese secrets about their super badass food. Lolz.

  • Paladin341

    Omg, okonomiyaki looks amazing. I want some now!

  • John

    Oh, I’d heard of it before – I just never really knew what it was or got to try it until I went to Japan a few years ago. But to my knowledge, no restaurants around where I live serve it :(

  • rabbi_jstu

    This was my favorite food when I was in Japan this summer. I was in the Kansai region, around Osaka, when I tried it. My favorite had fried noodles mixed in. It changed my preception of Japanese food on the whole. Awesome stuff!

  • rabbi_jstu

    Hmmm. I guess I’ll have to go back to try Hiroshima style now.

  • rabbi_jstu

    It is suprisingly easy to make.

  • Andrea Williams

    I approve of Tofugu’s attitude of Kansai superiority.

    Here in Toronto, there is a small, greasy diner called Okonomiyaki House. The okonimi served is a tad soggier than would be acceptable in Kansai, and they don’t give you enough sauce, but it’s better than no okonomiyaki.

  • TJC

    A joint called “Teppanyaki Kyoto” here in Pittsburgh has been serving up awesome okonomiyaki since January. I think you’re wrong on this hatred of hiroshimayaki; I’ve considered it my favorite thing on the menu (at least, until the chef did a spicy miso yakiudon as a summer special), occupying the perfect compromise between “Do I want okonomiyaki?” and “Do I want yakisoba?”

  • http://twitter.com/JapanCultureNYC JapanCulture•NYC

    Yes, you must!

  • http://www.facebook.com/thebaron512 Eric Murray

    http://www.yelp.com/biz/teppanyaki-kyoto-pittsburgh

    Have been here once and they have okonomiyaki.

  • http://twitter.com/shollum Shollum

    A tip from someone who likes to eat a lot of different things (a.k.a. me):

    When trying something for the first time, get yourself excited about it! Think of how awesome it’ll be to try something you’ve never eaten before! Get yourself so excited for eating that you start to use extra exclamation points!!!

    When trying something that looks unappetizing to you, just don’t think about the nasty looking part. Think of anything else really, just don’t think it looks nasty.

    When trying a new ingredient that you’re uncertain about, see if it’s available mixed in a dish. It must be a dish that contains things familiar to you though. If it turns out that one of the new things isn’t something you can ever enjoy (like raw cucumbers), then all the other ingredients you haven’t had before are at risk of being instantly disregarded by your brain. Just one ingredient can make you think all the others are nasty.

    Those are the basics of trying new foods. Hopefully, you’ll actually try to use them instead of mentally reinforcing that you don’t like anything except for ____. My sister wouldn’t try; if it was new and looked different, she would immediately say it was gross. She wouldn’t even try it. Sadly, that immediate reaction of “it’s nasty and I don’t want to eat it ever!” probably made it so that she can never eat that dish.

    Don’t be like my sister! Keep an open mind and try things before you reject them! Try to appreciate the flavors and stuff!

    Anyway, sorry for the long post. I wish to help those who are picky eaters see the the wonder that is food. I hope I can fix at least one person’s inability to try new things.
    Good luck trying new foods!

  • John

    Well, to be fair, I don’t actually hate Hiroshima style, I just prefer Kansai style for okonomiyaki. Don’t get me wrong though – I love me some yakisoba too.

  • John

    I approve of your approval.

  • belgand

    There are a number of places that serve it around here, about half a dozen that I know of, but they rarely do a very good job. Finding ramen is even easier, but again, the quality rarely rises above “acceptable”.

    Definitely avoid Japantown (in San Francisco at least) because it’s a trap. For shopping it can be fine, but if you’re eating you’re generally going to find some of the worst Japanese food there. The exception would be matsuri when stands are usually run by local community groups. Some of the best okonomiyaki I’ve had here in town was from a stall operated by the Japanese consulate to raise money for victims of the earthquake.

  • FoxiBiri

    yesss okonomiyaki >….>

  • FoxiBiri

    they’re ocotopus balls!!

  • FoxiBiri

    Where in NYC?!! I WILL GO THERE I’M NOT KIDDING. Names of restaurants pelase!! 名前おねがいします!

  • FoxiBiri

    I think Osaka has their own style too, lots of cabbage right?

  • FoxiBiri

    monja monja monja monja >.<"

  • FoxiBiri

    I know right >.>

  • FoxiBiri

    ありがとうございます!

  • DAVIDPD

    LOLOLOL!!! Robotoyaki is so hard to find the States. And where I have found it (NYC) it was way too expensive. Its supposed to be like commoner food! // Consider yourself lucky that you have teppanyaki places, here in Sacramento, CA, we have a Benihana. That’s it. // I do agree with the Hiroshima-style comment. It’s really good. Here in the States we think of ourselves as gluttonous, fiends, but the Japanese have some outstandingly unhealthy offerings as well. I mean that in the best way possible of course.

  • DAVIDPD

    Check this out! Takoyaki and Okonomiyaki ONLY! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nC_Eij5g0wc

  • rabbi_jstu

    Sounds about right. Here is some with mochi, shrimp and cheese.

  • Tiffany Harvey

    I’ve only had this once (at a festival) and the center was like uncooked dough. I’m assuming that’s not normal? Not what I was expecting.

  • FoxiBiri

    What kind of cheese is that?

  • FoxiBiri

    Awesome >.< I'm going to NYC next month, and you just made my trip ^^

  • DAVIDPD

    Um, it sounds like you had a poorly made takoyaki. The center should be more like a cup cake in texture, fluffy, warm, and delicious.

  • namesRhard

    There was an Okonomiyaki place about 5 doors down from my apartment building… It quickly became a favourite!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1434168513 Juan Fernando Castellón

    Come to Los Angeles’ Little Tokyo “Haru Oo La La” is your place to go. That was the first place I had Okonomiyaki!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1434168513 Juan Fernando Castellón

    Haru Oo La La in Little Tokyo, Los Angeles, CA if you’re ever on the West coast.

  • helios

    Ah okonomiyaki, so yummy!
    In my country (Indonesia), okonomiyaki is one of the most popular Japanese food.
    The first time they introduced it as a Japanese pizza LOL
    Anyway, noodles in an okonomiyaki can be tasty too if the proportion is right, trust me.

  • Knicky

    I love okonomiyaki. You can buy the kits to make at home in most Asian good stores, I make a couple of them every few weeks or so. Sometimes I make “mini” sized ones to put in my lunch. Soooo tasty!

  • livinginfukuoka

    oh, i absolutely hate okonomiyaki. hate the sauce, hate the japanese mayo, hate the nori flakes. and don’t even get me started on the bonito. take away the toppings, and all you’ve got is a bland veggie pancake. give me a fresh salad instead!

  • rabbi_jstu

    The good kind?

  • FoxiBiri

    So there’s cheese in Osaka?!?! I knew Japan was hoarding it somewhere!!

  • kuyaChristian

    I live in California and my Japanese friend took a quick glance while I was reading this article and she was telling me how there are lots of okonomiyaki places in cities in the Los Angeles county with a large Japanese-American population.
    I wanna go.

  • rabbi_jstu

    I was pretty surprised.

  • Guest

    Abe Hiroshi!?!?!?! <3

  • DefJuk

    Abe Hiroshi ! ? ! ? ! ? !

  • John

    Apparently there’s a restaurant not too far away from me that serves okonomiyaki and I didn’t know about it until after writing this article – I’m going tomorrow!

  • kuyaChristian

    That okonomiyaki place is gonna be my next food run mission! I can only eat so much Korean BBQ and though as much as I love grubbing on bulgogi, I gotta try some okonomiyaki.

  • John

    The place I went to wasn’t that good :(

  • kuyaChristian

    Darn =[. I guess you’ll have to make it yourself.

  • http://twitter.com/SactoMan81 Raymond Chuang

    I actually prefer Hiroshima-style okonomiyaki for one reason: it’s a much more filling meal than Osaka-style okonomiyaki. Now, does ANY Japanese restaurant make it Hiroshima style?

  • http://twitter.com/SactoMan81 Raymond Chuang

    Since you’re in Japan, try eating a okonomiyaki at “Okonomi-mura” in Hiroshima (only a short “Sakura” Shinkansen train ride from Fukuoka) and see that if changes your opinion…. ^_^

  • Jim Robertson

    John, you can come down to my house in Kentucky for okonomiyaki anytime, um, if my wife says that’s okay since she’d be making it. But it would be KANSAI STYLE! Oishii!!!!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/littlemoth Claire Yates

    I’ve got to agree. Hiroshima style all the way!

  • http://twitter.com/etoile Meredith

    I’ve been there! Otafuku rules!

  • http://www.facebook.com/mobley.patrick Patrick Mobley

    I just had Okonomiyaki for the first time today in Fussa, Japan near Tyokyo. It was great. Unfortunately, I was by myself and I can’t really speak the language. But as a result of reading your article and watching the hilarious video you posted, it came out all good. :D Honestly, I would have failed were it not for watching the video. The place I went to was one of those make-it-yourself restaurants. All-in-all I think it turned out pretty well. Here is a picture of my final product:

  • http://twitter.com/helephant Helen Emerson

    I love okonomiyaki too! There is a great place in London called Abeno that specialises in it. It’s always hard to convince people to try a cabbage but I’ve never taken anyone there who didn’t like it. :)

  • Rose

    there a place in the east village called Otafuku (236 E 9th St) some in midtown too…they are sorta scattered through out Manhattan. Google it and a bunch will show up ;)

  • EuriBear

    I saw an Okonomiyaki food truck in NYC a few months ago! I didn’t get to try it out because they had closed 20 minutes prior to me finding them.

  • shiro

    I’ve lived in Japan for years and I’m afraid nearly every takoyaki I’ve ever had – I confess I don’t eat many as I don’t care for them – has been raw in the middle. This is apparently normal, because the Japanese (my husband and most of my friends at least) are very fond of gooey things. I’d say a fully cooked takoyaki is probably the bad egg and would definitely have my husband complaining.

  • deborahchan

    it’s all about the takoyaki – desune!

  • deborahchan

    ね ね! There is an incredible okonomiyaki place in Pittsburgh. Where are you in Ohio? I live in Dublin (Columbus) – been all over Cinci, Cleveland, Toledo, Dayton, and Belden, and never really found much to get excited about.
    But this Kyoto teppanyaki place is actually really good, reminds me of Hirakata shi!

    It’s worth checking if you take the drive to Pittsburgh.

  • deborahchan

    I ended up watching 5 chunks or so of Kekkon Dekinai Otoko – before I got to the bottom post – I was like – ‘what is this awesomeness?’, and went on an immediate hunt for more – +1!

  • http://twitter.com/CATS_Chris Chris Pollock

    Thank you! I lived in Hiroshima ken and was trying to describe okonomiyaki to my kids yesterday. Perfect post.

  • PurpleClouds

    Hands down the best Japanese dish ever!! :D loveee it!

  • neljifer

    A friend of mine from the Mie prefecture introduced me to Okonomiyaki a while back, and I have been obsessed ever since. I’m from Arkansas, so nowhere around here has it, either, but I’ve heard rumors of Okonomiyaki restaurants around Florida!

  • Ashley

    I had authentic Hiroshima okonomiyaki and I just loved it! I don’t know what you’re talking about

  • Dirkusan

    It the best before or after a night of drinking and singing in the karaoke bars of Japan Town in San Francisco. My Japanese friends make it when they stay at my house with whatever is leftover in the fridge!

  • http://www.facebook.com/robert.fresson Robert Fresson

    Really great Okonomiyaki place in Kyoto on Senbon dorii just south of Senbon-Marutamachi.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Cody-Dalton/27704471 Cody Dalton

    The texture does me in more than the octopus part. It’d be molten lava mush with a piece of hotdog instead. I won’t lie though, I’m intrigued by the dessert ones I’ve heard of students making at takoyaki parties.

  • Nicolena Loshonkohl

    I live in Pittsburgh, and there is a fabulous okonomiyaki place in Highland Park. It’s called Teppanyaki Kyoto Restaurant, and it hits pretty close to home. My boyfriend and I decided to go there yesterday when we were missing Japan. Highly recommended for anyone in the area. Here is their facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Teppanyaki-Kyoto-Restaurant/245571672150764?sk=wall

  • Kiisu

    ha! yes I love Okonomiyaki! My dad used to make them all the time, this was before he became nonexistent in my life. He has also prepared okonomiyaki in the kansai style so that is what I use to make my own okonomiyaki. I like to add green peppers and onions with maple bacon or prosciutto and mushrooms, or sweet shrimp and topped with my own spicy mayonnaise or shiroi sauce and ketchup! OMG it is sooooo good with ketchup! recently I have fallen in love with hotsauce, frank’s to be exact, and it is especially decadent with frank’s on top! I love OKONOMIYAKI! thanks for making this site even though i just found it 3 years later lol