Friday, June 25, 2010

Friday Lunch from Okonomi House

Sometimes you just need a break from sandwiches, burgers, and salads, especially when you have had a run of rather ordinary incarnations of same.  For a change, we opted for okonomi yaki.

Okonomi  is often referred to as a Japanese pancake.  Made with both eggs and flour, water or dashi, okonomi represents the marriage between a pancake and an omelette. Sweet potato and/or cabbage is usually grated into the batter which then has meats, fish or vegetables added to the mix or scattered over the top.In the versions we sampled, the pork and shrimp were folded in--Osaka style. Each was covered in otafuku aka okonomi sauce with a bullseye of mayo in the centre.  The sauce tasted like a mix of hoisin and catsup--a melange of unidentifable sweet, sour, and salty flavours.  Sometimes, the salt overwhelms all else  but this time it was in balance.  We preferred the pork version. The shrimp was both little strong-tasting and too lumpy for thethin pancake/omlette  which was tender in both.  Though green onions are often a feature there were none that we could identify but the shreds of cabbage added a nice crunch.  On the side, we had an order of edamame for an extra blast of nutrition.

It was not haute luncheon fare but was a pleasant diversion from our regular fare.

Price:  $17.91 for two plus a side order of edamame.

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