Okonomiyaki (Japanese Pancake)

okonomiyakiOkonomiyaki, sometimes called a Japanese pancake in English, is a cheap and fun meal to have. It basically tastes like a mix of pancakes and omelettes, and there are all sorts of toppings and fillings. Popular ones include cabbage, pork strips and shrimp.

At some restaurants you can cook the Okonomiyaki yourself, which is great fun with friends. Just ask the waiter to show you how, and you can take it from there! Cheaper takeout shops will cook it quickly for you, and will often make a fresh one for you.

Price: 500 yen from a takeout restaurant, 800 yen and above from a normal restaurant

Name in Japanese: Okonomiyaki/お好み焼き

Where can I get it?

Okonomiyaki is available all over the country, and each area has a unique style. The most famous places for Okonomiyaki are Hiroshima and Osaka. In these cities you will see restaurants with big pictures of the food, so you will definitely come across them in any shopping street. In other cities, you can also try shopping malls, which usually have somewhere for Okonomiyaki. If you are traveling you will see them everyday.

Published by Matthew Baxter

Matthew Baxter is a British travel author who has lived in and visited Japan for over a decade. Having traveled across the country, without much money, he has built up an extensive knowledge of budget travel here, and has also worked for many leading tourism companies. He also writes professionally for several websites and publications, such as the GaijinPot, All About and the Japan National Tourist Association.