Okonomiyaki is sometimes called “Japanese pizza,” but I really don’t see a connection between the two. I guess the closest thing you could call it in English would be a savory pancake, but that doesn’t sound appetizing and okonomiyaki is delicious.
Okonomi means, “as you like,” and yaki means, “grilled.” We make our okonomiyaki at home with a mixture of shredded cabbage and green onions, but it can contain many different ingredients such as thinly sliced pork, shrimp, squid, or octopus. (I don’t eat any seafood…..)
In Japan, many okonomiyaki restaurants allow you to mix your own batter and ingredients and then grill it yourself. Toppings include, okonomi sauce (like worcestshire sauce, but thicker and sweeter), mayonnaise, seaweed flakes, and bonito flakes. I prefer just okonomi sauce (Otafuku is a good brand and can be found at Japanese supermarkets), and mayo, but my husband likes aonori (seaweed) flakes and bonito flakes when we have them. ♡