Okonomiyaki is a savory Japanese pancake which has thinly sliced cabbage, and other ingredients. It is eaten all over Japan, but depending on the locality and personal preference, ingredients and the cooking method varies.
The basic ingredients of okonomiyaki are flour, cabbage, egg, and water. Any of the other ingredients, such as scallions, thinly sliced pork, cheese, lo main, udon noodles, dried red shrimps, sliced squid, shrimps, pickled red ginger, grated nagaimo (makes okonomiyaki fluffier), tenkasu, etc. are optional.
You can experiment by adding bacon, ham, spam, and other interesting ingredients. But when you add bacon or pork, make sure to cook them first.
People in my area (Tokyo metropolitan area) consider okonomiyaki as a snack, but in Western part of Japan, people can eat okonomiyaki as a main dish with a bowl of rice on the side.
This is one of the communal meal, which is cooked and shared on the table. It’s fun to eat okonomiyaki, while cooking on a table-top grill.
The following recipe is one example of okonomiyaki. And don’t forget to chill beer bottles before you start.