Okonomiyaki – A Japanese “Pancake” Made for Sharing

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John Rogers, CFA, is the former president and CEO of the CFA Institute and currently guides SWM International in Georgia as director and chairman of the audit committee. Having traveled extensively over the past three decades, John Rogers, CFA, has a passion for Middle Eastern and Japanese food.

Known for its seafood, Japan offers a surprisingly diverse food culture that includes dishes such as the Osaka region favorite, okonomiyaki. Cooked on a grill and with similarities to a pancake, frittata, or omelet, okonomiyaki incorporates ingredients such as bacon, cabbage, flour, and eggs. Typically, the flour is first mixed with water and shredded cabbage added, along with meat that ranges from shrimp to sliced Chinese sausage. Mixed with eggs on a hot griddle, it is formed into a thick pancake, with bacon strips placed on top.

After being flipped over and browned to perfection, condiments such as mayonnaise, sauce, dried bonito flakes, and dried seaweed are added on top. The large size of the okonomiyaki “pancake” makes it a social dish ideal for sharing with friends.