Okonomiyaki

June 12th, 2007
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Okonomiyaki, originally uploaded by ultraclay!.


Monday night was the end of the first leg of our trip. After the baseball game, we headed back to Ginza and looked for some food.
After a mostly embarrassing experience at a small izakaya down a dark alley, we stumbled upon President Chibo, an Okonomiyaki restaurant.
When we got there, they were getting close to closing, but let us in anyway. The staff was super-friendly even though we came in as they were wrapping up the night.
Okonomiyaki is often known as a Japanese pancake, which isn’t really as descriptive as you’d want. Since fillings often include squid and cabbage and bonito fish flakes, you should probably know more about it before you order it for breakfast and drown it in maple syrup.
I first heard of it from Lara, who had gone to Japan a few years before we started dating, probably 10 years ago now. The only one I had ever had was the one at the izakaya attached to Angel’s Share in the Village (upstairs from Around the Clock). It’s thick like a pancake and stuffed with squid and cabbage, topped with fish flakes and japanese mayo.
This was totally different. It was much more like a crepe, the batter was pours onto the skillet in front of us and spread out flat, while our fillings, pork, octopus, noodles and scallions cooked on the grill.
I hear there are a lot of okonomiyaki places in Kyoto, I place to look them up tomorrow.
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