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Monday, September 21, 2009

Okonomiyaki: Japanese-Style Pancakes

Inspired by the Japanese fast food joints clustering around the East Village in NYC, I decided to give Okonomiyaki a shot. It's a Japanese-style pancake that uses leeks and green cabbage and tastes incredible with a spicy peanut sauce. These are usually made with shrimp and squid, but I wanted to make a slightly healthier version that would bring out the delicious flavors of the leeks and spices. Leeks can be difficult to clean and always have dirt deeply ingrained near the bulb. In order to properly remove all the dirt, it's best to submerge them in a bowl of cold water, swishing them to loosen any dirt. Then remove and pat dry.

Okonomiyaki: Japanese-Style Pancakes
(Serves 3-4)

4 cups white cabbage, thinly sliced into fine shreds
2 cups leeks finely cut
1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
4 eggs beaten (I use fake eggs and it works perfectly)
2 spicy peppers thinly sliced
3 scallions, thinly chopped
1/4 cup chopped peanuts
Peanut sauce (I use Trader Joe's Spicy Peanut Sauce)

1. Combine cabbage, leeks, flour, eggs and peppers in a bowl, mixing together until egg and flour and consistently spread throughout
2. Heat a couple tablespoons of olive oil in a pan
3. Form small patties out of cabbage mixture and place them in the pan, cooking for about 2 min on each side until they get a nice golden brown color and a slightly crispy surface
4. Sprinkle with scallions, chopped peanuts and serve with peanut sauce

1 comment:

Friday night cook said...

Today was a fast day (i.e. no food) so reading these posts has gotten me very hungry. Why would I ever make potato latkes when I can make some Okonomiyaki? Plus who could ever resist an invitation for "Hanukah Okonomiyaki"? Looks delicious and healthy too :))