Jun 13, 2018 Culture Hiroshima City

How to Order Hiroshima Okonomiyaki! Enjoy Like A Native

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Something you should definitely try when you’re in Hiroshima is “Hiroshima okonimiyaki”. The West Japan style okonomiyaki is round and made with ingredients mixed in a flour base. So what makes the Hiroshima style different?

Hiroshima style okonomiyaki has a crepe-like base and is layered with fried noodles, plenty of cabbage, pork, eggs, and other ingredients. This Hiroshima dish is also popular with women because it’s packed with cabbage, making it a healthy option. Today, we’ll be teaching you how to eat okonomiyaki so that you can enjoy it even more.

Where to Sit? 

When you walk into a restaurant, you first have to choose a seat. If you have a party of between one to three people, we recommend the counter seats, in front of the iron plate. You can see the okonomiyaki being made right in front of you.

Don’t worry if you’re in a big group because some shops have table seats as well. You can have a great time with your group.

What to Order?

Once you’re seated, take a look at the menu. If there are a lot of items on the menu, it’s easy to get confused. In times like this, you can’t go wrong by ordering the “niku-tama-soba”, made with meat, eggs, and soba.

There’s also an udon version of this, the niku-tama-udon. If you order this one, you might be considered an expert. When you order, you can just yell out “niku-tama-soba de!” That’s all you need to say.

Top Off the Okonomiyaki with Oysters and Ikaten!

We presented niku-tama-soba and niku-tama-udon, but toppings are also a great way to enjoy your Hiroshima style okonomiyaki.

-Rice Cake
-Fermented Soybeans
-Ikaten (Fried Squid)

There are just so many types, and each restaurant have their own types to show off their unique personalities. We particularly recommend oysters and ikaten! Hiroshima produces the highest number of oysters in Japan. Topping your okonomiyaki with these locally sourced oysters would give it a rich and flavorful taste. Ikaten, made with squid, is delicious with every bite and the texture is simply addictive.

In addition, double toppings of soba and vegetables are also available, so indulge in a heap of Hiroshima style okonomiyaki to your heart’s content.

Let’s Use A Hera (Spatula) to Eat!

Something you should try when you’re seated in front of the iron plate is eating with a spatula. It is difficult to use at first, but once you’re used to it, it will be better than using chopsticks!

First, cut it into bite size slices. It will be easier for right handed people to pick it up if it’s sliced from the right, and left handed people to pick it up if it’s sliced from the left. After you slice it up, slide the spatula between the okonomiyaki and the plate. If you slide it in from the corner of the spatula, you can scoop it up smoothly without it falling apart. Just blow on the piping hot okonomiyaki and gobble it up in one bite!

Hiroshima is A Place Where You’ll Encounter an Okonomiyaki Restaurant Every 3 Minutes

Finally, a fun fact about Hiroshima style okonomiyaki. Crushing Hyogo Prefecture at number two, Hiroshima ranks number one in the number of okonomiyaki restaurants per 100,000 people of the population. It is not an exaggeration to say that you’ll come across an okonomiyaki restaurant in Hiroshima every three minutes. First timers to Hiroshima are sure to be surprised. From all these shops, we hope you find the perfect okonomiyaki for you!

Photo Credid: Hiroshima Prefecture