Japanese Food: What Is Okonomiyaki?

Okonomiyaki is a popular Japanese food style

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Okonomiyaki is a style of Japanese food that is often compared to an omelet.

There are many popular Japanese foods. Among the most popular Japanese foods is okonomiyaki. Okonomiyaki, which is considered a traditional type of Japanese food, is a savory dish and is often compared to both pizza and omelets.

In Japanese, okonomiyaki means “as you like it, grilled,” since okonimi translates to “as you like it” and yaki translates to “grilled.”

Okonomiyaki differs from region to region, but it is said to come from Osaka originally, which is located in the Kansai region of Japan and is well known as a culinary destination.

Okonomiyaki is commonly made from a flour and egg batter and is filled with a variety of different ingredients, though the kind of batter and the ingredients depends on the region.  Diners typically choose whether they want meat or shrimp mixed in with the batter.

Additionally, okonomiyaki is often topped with okonomiyaki sauce, which is said to be similar Worcestershire sauce, as well as seaweed flakes, bonito flakes, Japanese mayonnaise, and pickled ginger.

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