Hiroshima-style okonomiyaki with noodles (Layered okonomiyaki) Recipe

by Joost Nusselder | Updated:  August 6, 2022

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The Hiroshima-style okonomiyaki is great because you get to put anything you want inside, and it won’t fall off like other styles of pancake.

Let’s make it, and flip it over, so it becomes the tastiest layered pancake you’ve ever eaten!

This version is made with noodles so it turns the pancakes into a dish that will make you satisfied.

Hiroshima-style okonomiyaki (Layered okonomiyaki) recipe

Okonomiyaki With Noodles Hiroshima Recipe

Joost Nusselder
This Hiroshima-style okonomiyaki is meant to be flipped over, creating a delicious layered pancake filled with crunchy toppings, and it's a bit easier to eat than other okonomiyaki.
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Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Japanese
Servings 4 people

Ingredients
  

  • cup flour
  • 4 tbsp vegetable oil
  • cup water
  • 4 tsp katsuobushi (bonito flakes)
  • 17 oz yakisoba noodles (around 1 package)
  • 6 oz shrimp
  • 8 strips bacon usually halved to fit on top of the pancake
  • 4 large eggs
  • 4 green onions (thinly sliced)
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 lb cabbage (thinly sliced)
  • 4 tbsp mirin

Toppings:

  • 1 tsp Aonori or furikake for on top (crunchy seaweed seasoning)
  • 1 cup okonomiyaki sauce

Instructions
 

  • Mix the all-purpose flour in a large bowl with 300ml of water and mix thoroughly.
  • Turn on the teppanyaki grill and set to medium heat. Spread the oil evenly across the iron griddle with a brush. Also, spread the batter using a ladle and then drizzle a teaspoon full of katsuobushi on it as well.
  • Pour in the batter and add the shredded cabbage on top (don't use all the cabbage at once), then start adding the 4 bacon slices on top of the cabbage as well. Cook it for roughly 5 minutes.
  • Once the one side is cooked (with a brownish color), flip it over with the hera to allow for the other side where the bacon is to cook (do it for 4 – 5 minutes).
  • While the okonomiyaki is being cooked on a certain spot in the teppanyaki grill, try cooking the yakisoba on another space and add the okonomiyaki sauce and mirin.
  • Find another empty space and cook 5 or 6 pieces of shrimp there. Then mix it together with the fried yakisoba as well.
  • This time, flip the okonomiyaki pancake once more onto the yakisoba, covering them.
  • Fry a scrambled egg on another unused space on the teppanyaki grill and then flip the pancake again on top of it once it’s cooked (the egg should be cooked in just about 1 – 2 minutes).
  • Flip the pancake one last time and sprinkle it with okonomiyaki sauce.
  • Now transfer it onto a large plate and drizzle it with aonori and green onions.
  • Serve immediately.
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Cooking tips

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If you want to make Hiroshima-style okonomiyaki at home, there are a few things you should keep in mind. First, the batter should be thin and spreadable. Second, the cabbage should be shredded very thinly. Third, the okonomiyaki should be cooked on a hot griddle or grill, flipping it over onto itself so that it’s nice and crispy on the outside.

If you don’t spread it pretty thin, it will be difficult to fold it when it’s nice and crispy.

Substitutes you can use

If you don’t have any of these ingredients, don’t worry. These are the best substitutes to use for your okonomiyaki so it’ll still turn out delicious and tasting pretty much the same.

What can you use instead of Katsuobushi?

Katsuobushi is dried, fermented and smoked skipjack tuna, but if you don’t have any katsuobushi on hand, you can use other dried fish flakes, or even smoked salmon could do, but use just a little and keep it in very very thin flakes, nut full slabs of fish.

What can you use instead of yakisoba noodles?

If you don’t have any yakisoba noodles, you can use ramen noodles or udon noodles. Just make sure to cook them first before adding them to the batter.

What can you use instead of mirin?

If you don’t have mirin, you can use rice wine vinegar or white wine vinegar. Just add a little bit at a time until you get the desired umami, and make sure to add a little bit of sugar as well.

How to serve Hiroshima-style okonomiyaki

Hiroshima-style okonomiyaki is usually served with a generous amount of bonito flakes, pickled ginger, and green onions. You can also add a dollop of mayonnaise and/or ketchup if you like, although it’s best with okonomiyaki sauce.

Serve it hot off the grill or griddle, and enjoy it with chopsticks, pulling small pieces off as you share it with friends.

Also read: this is the difference between okonomiyaki and monjayaki

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Joost Nusselder, the founder of Bite My Bun is a content marketer, dad and loves trying out new food with Japanese food at the heart of his passion, and together with his team he's been creating in-depth blog articles since 2016 to help loyal readers with recipes and cooking tips.