All About Japan

The Edible World of Okonomiyaki Art

Art B-Class Gourmet

If you’ve never had the pleasure eating okonomiyaki, you’re missing out on one of Japan’s greatest culinary treats. Sometimes referred to as “Japanese pancakes” or “Japanese pizza,” Okonomiyaki is a circular crêpe filled with cabbage and other vegetables along with meat, seafood, or whatever else you want to put in it.

While okonomiyaki always comes slathered with sauce, individual diners may choose to add mayonnaise as well. Adding the creamy condiment gives you a second color to work with, and allows you to do things like prolific okonomiyaki artist and YouTuber Yumeishi TV, who lays down a layer of mayonnaise and then draws with sauce to create Totoro, Attack on Titan's Levi Ackerman, or the titular JoJo of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure.

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