Make Your Own Okonomiyaki



In Hiroshima, Malc and I decide it would be fun to try out a restaurant where you have to cook your own meal.  Today’s challenge: Hiroshima-style okonomiyaki, a hearty dish of cabbage, egg, shrimp, squid, octopus, noodles and pork.


“Kore, futatsu,” I order for us both, pointing to the item in the menu.


No reaction from the waitress.  An awkward silence extends...  Did I say everything properly?  I’m trying to read her mind, but once again fail to pierce the cultural separation between us.  Having reached the extent of my Japanese vocabulary, I simply await her response...


“Be careful,” she warns in English, hiding a smile, as she turns on the heat for our cooking plate.  ‘Good luck’ is the implied message.


We discover an illustrated instruction card and away we go…








Even though mine turns out to be a mess of seafood and noodles, it still tastes great.




Video: Watch me ruin my okonomiyaki, and then

see how Malc's one turns out beautiful





Video: The final product