Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Cooking Day and DIY Update

I keep watching cooking animes, and every time I find something that I want to eat. This time I got a serious craving for Okonomiyaki. Okonomiyaki is like the japanese equivalent to to pizza. It's a cabbage pancake with various topping. I prefer mine in the Osaka style which is the kind without noodles.

Enjoy after the jump.

First you have to make the sauce. It needs at least a day in the fridge for the flavors to meld properly ;)

Okonomiyaki Sauce

2 TBS Tomato puree
2 TBS Ketchup
1/3 Cup Worcestershire sauce
3 TBS Dark soy sauce
1 tsp Sugar
7 TBS Dashi (bonito stock)
2 TBS Cornstarch - dissolved in 2 TBS Water

Recipe Instructions
Bring tomato puree, ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, soy sauce, sugar, and dashi to boil in saucepan over high heat. Make sure you stir frequently or it will burn!  Add cornstarch mixture, a little at a time, and cook until thickened to the texture of ketchup. Cool before serving.

This recipe yields about 1 1/2 cups.

(I forgot to take pictures of this part ^-^;;)

Okonomiyaki Batter

3TBS corn starch -dissolved in 3TBS hot water
4 or 5 TBS dashi stock
1/2 cup all purpose flour
3 large eggs
1/4 cabbage roughly chopped
abt 12 medium shrimp
6-8 slices bacon
bonito flakes
rice seasoning

Mix the dashi, flour, corn starch mixture, and two of the eggs until you get a smooth runny batter. It should be about the consistency of loose pancake batter.
Fry some of the batter until crispy. Meanwhile defrost the shrimp (if frozen) in a cup of cool water.

Add the cabbage, the crispy batter bits, and the remaining egg to the original batter and combine thoroughly

Heat about a tablespoon of oil in a frying pan and coat the pan evenly. Then spread the batter in the hot pan so that it is no thicker than an inch deep.

Spread the shrimp, bonito flakes, and bacon on top. By the time all of the topping are in place it should be ready to flip.
Flip the cabbage cake and place a lid over the pan. Let cook for about 2 or 3 minutes. Practice helps with this part because if the pan is too hot the bacon will burn, if it's too cold the shrimp will overcook while the bacon is undercooked.
Spread the Sauce, sprinkle the rice seasoning and nori, top in a checkerboard pattern with mayonnaise.

DIY update:

The tack strips are all now out of the floor, and now I'm just cleaning it.

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