What is Hashimaki? Discover these chopstick rolls & recipe

                by Joost Nusselder | Updated:  April 12, 2021

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Okonomiyaki is such delicious Japanese food, chefs decided they needed to find a way to make it portable…so they wrapped it around a pair of chopsticks.

This way, it is easy to eat at festivals or while walking on the street.

Of course, to truly understand what hashimaki is, you’ll have to understand what okonomiyaki is.

Read on to find out more about both dishes and how they are best enjoyed.

What is Okonomiyaki?

What is Okonomiyaki

Okonomiyaki is a type of savory Japanese pancake. It is made from a wheat-based batter, therefore, it is an example of konamon, a flour-based type of Japanese cuisine.

The word okonomiyaki is a derivative of the word okonomi which means ‘how you like’ or ‘what you like’. Its ingredients can vary greatly according to the region it is being served in.

However, it is commonly associated with the Kansai or Hiroshima regions.

In these regions, the batter is typically made of flour, grated nagaimo (a type of yam), water or dashi, eggs, and shredded cabbage. Other ingredients include green onion, meat (typically pork belly although this can vary), octopus, squid, shrimp, vegetables, mochi or cheese.

Both okonomiyaki and hashimaki are usually topped with some sort of condiment like mayonnaise okonomiyaki sauce.

How Do You Make Hashimaki?

How do you make Hashimaki

The word hashimaki means chopstick roll. Hashi means chopsticks while maki means role or something rolled.

When prepared street fair style, a large grill is used to make many at a time. A batter is placed on the grill.

Then fillings are added and another ladle of batter is layered on top. Once they begin to dry, they are flipped.

When the pancake is cooked, disposable chopsticks are placed in the center and it is then rolled around the chopstick.

The vendor may then top the hashimaki with a variety of toppings to give customers a few options.

Hashimaki chopstick rolls

Hashimaki Chopstick Rolls

Joost Nusselder
can be prepared in a variety of ways, but here is an easy recipe you may enjoy making for your family.
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Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Snack
Cuisine Japanese
Servings 4 people


  • 2 large eggs
  • 7 oz plain flour (200g)
  • 7 oz water
  • 4 oz cabbage finely shredded (120g)
  • 1 spring onion chopped
  • 4 crabsticks sliced
  • 2 tsp dashi powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 8 pairs disposable chopsticks
  • Okonomiyaki sauce
  • Japanese mayonnaise
  • Katsuobushi (bonito flakes)
  • Furikake or Aonori (green laver)


  • Mix the cabbage, carrot, egg, flour, dashi powder and water in a large bowl until there are no lumps.
  • Heat oil in a pan over medium heat and spread one ladle full of batter in the pan in an oval shape.
  • When the edges start to dry, place a pair of chopsticks in the center and roll the okonomiyaki around them. Set aside and continue cooking the batter
  • Once you are done, put them all back in the pan, cover and cook over a low fire until done, then cook on the other side until golden brown.
  • Top with okonomiyaki sauce, mayonnaise, bonita flakes, Furikake and Aonori.
Keyword Okonomiyaki
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Other Types of Okonomiyaki

There are many different types of okonomiyaki and any of these can be made into a hashimaki treat. Here are some options.

Now that you know more about hashimaki, which variation will you be enjoying when you visit Japan?

Also read: okonomiyaki and monjayaki, how are they different?

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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.