Friday, December 26, 2014

Okonomiyaki: Vegan Japanese Omelette

There are many kinds of vegan egg dishes, and then there is Okonomiyaki.  This difficult to say word is a hybrid of a pancake, pizza, stir fry, and omelette.  
There really isn't a western equivalent to easily compare it to, but it sure is delicious!  

Usually it is filled with seafood such as shrimp, squid and bonito fish.  These flavours are easy to replicate by using sea vegetables such as wakame (seaweed) komu (kelp) and nori (laver).   

The strange thing about okonomiyaki's is how much cabbage they contain.  Cabbage omelettes are off the radar to many westerners, but you just have to try it to see how amazing it actually is.  The cabbage gets crispy and binds the ingredients together, lending some subtle flavour and a fantastic, crunchy texture.

And what about toppings?  Okonomiyaki is usually topped with a mayo and a brown sauce that tastes like Worcestershire, which both are not vegan, so with that in mind vegan mayo makes an excellent substitute.  


for 4 servings

  • 1 cup shredded cabbage 
  • 1 cup wheat flour 
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1 sheet nori (ground)
  • Dash of soy sauce 
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • oil for frying 

  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine all ingredients and stir together so you have a thick dough. 
  2. Heat a drop of oil in a frying pan and heat on high
  3. Add a scoop of dough and flatten
  4. Reduce flame to medium heat and gently sear each side of the omelette for 2-5 minutes. 
  5. Serve with vegan mayo 

Vegan mayo

  • 1 block silken tofu
  • 1 tablespoon vinegar 
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 cup water 
  • 1/2 cup olive oil 

  1. Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend on high until it looks like mayonnaise
  2. Store unused sauce in fridge for up to a week. 

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