Okonomiyaki (Cabbage Pizza)06.12.10

055I spent a few weeks in Japan when I was 15. I stayed in the suburbs of Osaka with a lovely host family, who introduced me to Okonomiyaki. In train stations and little restaurants all over the place, you can point to a bowl of ingredients displayed in a glass case, and then take your seat around a table with a frying surface embedded in the top. Servers bring your ingredients to the table and add an egg, and then you fry up your own and top it as you like with sauces and cheese.

While my host mom insisted that this was a form of pizza, the actual base of this treat is cabbage and other veggies, in a thin batter. There are some traditional Japanese ingredients that give real okonomiyaki a distinct flavor. For my family, I tend to just clean out the produce drawer, adding whatever leftover meats or cheeses we have on hand.

Around here, it’s called Garbage Pizza. And it is delish.

Here’s what we started with:
Okonomiyaki veggies
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Miso Soup (eating out)04.20.10

Miso SoupThis is just a little quickie:

We’ve been eating out fairly often this month due to a combination of crazy schedules and sheer lazy on my part.  The Lazy doesn’t extend to letting The Boy off the hook, however, and each meal involves some hearty negotiation over the contents of his plate.

We popped by a local Japanese restaurant that is very family-friendly and pulled up to the table for a little adventure.  The Boy is often pretty (surprisingly) reliable with Asian flavors, unlike his mom (I know, I know) who has issues with a few popular flavors in Asian meals.

Number one on my list of Not A Fan?  Most seaweed

Number two on my list of Not A Fan?  Miso

Miso Soup

So, naturally they brought me a lovely, steaming bowl of miso soup, I thwapped it onto the lazy susan and sent it over to The Boy.  He calmly pulled it off the lazy susan and tucked in. Seriously, even with me over on my side of the table making hairball noises about it, he slurped up the juicy seaweed and ate the tofu. He loved the broth, too.

I don’t even know where this kid came from anymore. But at least I have a new miso soup buddy to hand off to.

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