Vegetarian Okonomiyaki with Homemade Chuno Sauce

April 12, 2012
1 Ratings
  • Makes 6-8
Author Notes

Okonomiyaki--AS YOU LIKE IT (thanks to Willie Shakespeare) -Grill is a literal translation. And that's the point. You cook As You Like It. Make the batter, then put out bowls of ingredients, and let your guests make their own. Perfect for mixed company (Vegetarians and Non-V). I recommend my Homemade Chuno Sauce which is a perfect match to Bull-Dog's Vegetable and Fruit Sauce, available on Amazon. My son eats okonomiyaki so he can smear it in Chuno Sauce. You can also use a little mayo in the Chuno Sauce if you like. —BoulderGalinTokyo

What You'll Need
  • Okonomiyaki
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups water or broth
  • 1 cup tofu
  • 2 cups all purpose flour or whole-wheat pastry flour
  • 2.5 cups cups cabbage (about 400 grams) thinly sliced
  • 1 red onion, grated (or finely diced)
  • As You Like It Toppings* see step 4
  • Homemade Chuno Sauce
  • 1/2 cup Del Monte™ Ketchup
  • 1/4 cup Lea & Perrins Worchestershire Sauce™
  1. Mix egg, water or broth, and tofu with a whisk. Smash tofu if needed. Add flour and whisk. Should be a 'watery-looking' batter, so add a little more water if needed.
  2. Add thinly sliced cabbage and grated onion. Mix well.
  3. Wipe grill, hotplate, or skillet with oil on a paper towel. Drop in 1/2 cup measure for pancake-size okonomiyaki, about 3 per skillet.
  4. Add the As You Like It Toppings*: Broccolini flowers, diced sweet potato (microwave first) , shredded carrots, chopped spinach, daikon tops, or bok choy (blanched, squeeze water out), chopped scallions, sushi nori, sesame seeds, chopped peppers, hijiki sea vegetables, edamame, shredded cheese, chopped tomatoes (drain some), cooked fava beans, etc.
  5. When first side is cooked, turn over and cook second side (topping-side) quickly.
  6. Slather generously with Chuno Sauce.
  7. If you multiply Okonomiyaki recipe, don't forget to multiply Homemade Chono Sauce recipe!
  8. Or since this is 'As You Like It', you can fill the whole skillet with batter to make one large okonomiyaki, the way it is served in Japan. Cut like a pizza, or eat one skillet-size okonomiyaki as a dinner.

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5 Reviews

BoulderGalinTokyo April 28, 2014
Thanks for correcting me, I didn't check that. The Chuno sauce is drizzled with Kewpie Mayo in Southern Japan, Osaka-style, so all you would need is a strong spicy sauce for 1/4 of the topping.
ELi15 March 26, 2013
FYI, but Worchestershire sauce is not vegetarian... (anchovies) However, Jamaican "Pickapeppa" sauce is somewhat close in flavor profile, its vegetarian, and is easy to find in stores.
susan G. April 11, 2015
Kikkoman makes a Worcestershire sauce that has no animal ingredients. I found it in an Asian market, so it might not be generally available. But Pickapeppa is a great sauce, and adds a nice zesty note.
BoulderGalinTokyo April 13, 2012
Thanks, susan g, I hope you like it. Yes, silken tofu. But either will work. I finally found some garbanzo bean flour and flax seed meal, but I haven't had time to try them yet. I know w.w. flour makes the batter a little heavier, so if you use a different flour would you please let me know how it works out?
susan G. April 13, 2012
Silken tofu?
Looks like Sunday night supper to me, sauce and all..