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March 3, 2016

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I’m so happy we finally did a video on this. Okonomiyaki: we loved it when we were in Osaka, but we didn’t really eat it in Tokyo. So we’re trying it out for today’s video and, though it’s not as great as what we had in Osaka, it was still pretty delicious! To be fair, though, here in Tokyo we made it ourselves, while in Osaka we went to a small place where a girl made it for us, and she made it perrrrfectly. Here we were floundering about, but we still did a good job at it.

You know, now that I think of it, I do remember having Okonomiyaki in Tokyo before. It was years ago, when we were in Harajuku walking around, starving, looking for something to eat, when we stumbled upon a place like this where you have to make your own. I don’t remember what it was like back then. I just remember being starving and my feet being sore. It’s not really a fair comparison.

Very important to note: these are quite different from Korean style pancakes. These have a lot of yam in them to give them a more creamy taste and texture, and these are generally thicker. Also, I don’t really know of any Jeon places that make you cook the Jeon yourself. Okonomiyaki is also loaded with cabbage. And jeon doesn’t have the toppings of an Okonomiyaki. Overall, the only thing they really have in common is that they’re savoury pancakes.

As for pricing, each combination was between 8-9 US dollars for the basic combinations, but they can vary according to toppings. The most we’ve seen according to the menu is 14 dollars. Extra toppings range from 1.30 to 2 dollars. Not a bad price if you ask me. I’m sure other places offer different pricing, and I’m also sure that prices might have been higher because we ate in Shibuya as opposed to someplace less popular, keep in mind :D

Also, just a side note, this video almost died when we filmed it. See, we didn’t delete the footage of the Cat Cafe from our camera before filming this. While filming it, our camera ran out of space. So I started deleting footage of the cat cafe, one my one, while talking to Martina and ____. I got so wrapped up in conversation, though, that I started deleting the footage from the restaurant as we were talking without noticing it. Luckily, we had an extra camera, and shot the rest of the footage on that, and when we got home we spent a couple of hours recovering the files. But, whoa, that was a fright. Thankfully we were able to save it. Yeah!!

Otherwise, if you haven’t had Okonomiyaki yet, I hope we can convince you to give it a shot. It’s great!

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  1. Hello, what is the address or name for this restaurant? We are going to Japan in March and would like to eat at this place.

    3 years ago
  2. *drool* Absolutely love Okonomiyaki!!!
    But I’m sure that sugary sauce isn’t doing my waistline any favors ;D

    4 years ago
  3. The BF and I will be travelling to Japan the first week of May and we’ve religiously been watching all your new segments LOL~ Boy are we glad you’re now making videos in Japan! I have a feeling we’ll just plan our itinerary around all the places you’ve eaten… Y’all will go to the Ghibli Museum right?? Please make a guide on how to get there :) In addition, Have y’all taken a trip to Shirohige’s cream puff factory yet? Their Totoro cream puffs look insanely good. They’re definitely on our list of places to go around Tokyo~

    4 years ago
  4. This looks so good!I feel like I would mess it up though so I may go to one that makes it for me and one where I make it myself so I can get both experiences :)

    4 years ago
  5. Sorry Martina, Simon’s dish was more appealing. Simon gets my uneducated Okonomiyaki-based hug for this round.

    4 years ago
  6. I’ve tried okonomiyaki before in Montreal. It was good, although a bit thicker than I’d thought it would be. And ordering takoyaki along with them was a bit of a fish/tako overload since they kinda tasted the same =/. Now you make me want to go to Japan JUST for that one meal… and all the extra meals that would ensue. Maybe I could try cooking some myself? The ingredients look simple enough… but my flipping skills are terrible… and I might mess up quantities /(0o0)\!!! Okay I’ll think about it before making a weird cooking mistake.

    4 years ago
  7. [I]You were English teachers and yet you can’t pronounce Worcester correctly? Coming from someone who lives near there I’m actually kind of shocked, and yet I find that if I consciously try to point out how it should be pronounced I usually get it wrong, too. When I don’t think about it I always get it right, as do all of my fellow Nasties here in Central Massachusetts.[/I]

    4 years ago
  8. It’s been a while since I’ve been able to comment (two full time jobs atm :c ), but I, like others, got excited about okonomiyaki~. (When I glanced at the video screenshot I thought it said “OMNOMIKAYKI,” which would have been accurate, I think. :P)

    My best friend studied abroad in Japan several years ago, and one thing he made a point to rave about was okonomiyaki from Hiroshima. He ended up finding the yam flour and sauce to make it at home, so one day he made it for me, and it was so, so good. It was quite different from the okonomiyaki you guys had, so I’d really like to try that style too!

    Also, it might have been in your first Eat Your Sushi episode, but I think you guys mentioned something about being able to come meet you at your new studio at certain times? I was just wondering if that is still possible since my boyfriend and I are visiting Tokyo next month, and being able to say hello would be nice!

    4 years ago
  9. Ooooooo I’ve always wanted to try Okonomiyaki ever since I read the manga Hana Kimi!! :D lol! I didn’t realize it was mostly cabbage though! Sounds like something I can make at home. Martina, could you pleeeeease make a late night cooking episode on how to make Okonomiyaki?! Or, since you guys are probably super busy moving in to your new home, could you please post a list of ingredients that was in the Okonomiyaki you ate in this video?

    Love you guys!! Keep being your awesome selves! :)

    4 years ago
  10. Hi Simon & Martina! I’m a long time watcher (~5 years) but this is my first time commenting because I am very passionate about okonomiyaki <3
    I lived in Hiroshima for a year and Hiroshima is very proud of its okonomiyaki! I'm sure others have told you this, but okonomiyaki has regional variations across Japan with Osaka and Hiroshima being renowned as the best two. Don't get me wrong Osaka style is good, but Hiroshima style is amazing, you have to try it!! The key is that it's in layers and has a loooooot of cabage.
    Also, I've had a lot of okonomiyaki but I've never been to a restaurant where I had to make it myself (though I have been to ones where you keep it warm on the hotplate in front of you), that's surprising!
    There are plenty of good restaurants in Hiroshima city, but if you have some time and want to go out a little ways into the countryside, I'd suggest you go to a restaurant called Q which is right across from Hiroshima University. It was hands down my favorite!! Here's the location: https://www.google.com/maps/place/%EF%BC%B1%E8%A5%BF%E6%9D%A1%E5%BA%97/@34.4057955,132.7151959,19z/data=!4m6!1m3!3m2!1s0x35506579c774cd5f:0x8b20596e26fdcd25!2sSaijo+Station!3m1!1s0x0000000000000000:0x6bc451a8cb814454

    Enjoy Japan! c:

    4 years ago
    • Ok, you convinced me. I read a few comments about going for Hiroshima Okonomiyaki, but if I can get a long time lurker to comment, I know you must be telling the truth. Sold! We’ll be sure to get it if we can get to Hiroshima, one day :D

      4 years ago
  11. I didn’t know this existed before, but now I really want to eat it

    4 years ago
  12. Just watched the video, looks yummy I found a recipe so I might just try that later. Quick note. On the last paragraph caught a little mix up. You wrote “While filming it, our camera ran out of space. So I started deleting footage of the cat cafe, one my one, while talking to Martina and ____.”. Obviously you wrote it out rather quickly and both forgot someones name :) and it should also read one by one.

    Can’t wait for the next video.

    4 years ago
    • MLE

      That was actually done on purpose! There’s a running thing going on where Simon and Martina aren’t revealing who their new camera man is so they always bleep out his name :)

      4 years ago
      • I guess I should have put /s at the end. I was commenting more on they grammatical error with some sarcastic humor about the mystery camera man in a lazy attempt at prying that information from them.

        4 years ago
  13. this looks so yummy and fun.. the bacon one looks really tasty– and I’m so curious what the mochi would taste like it in.. I have had little mochis in batbingsu and they are so yummy!

    4 years ago
  14. Omg I’m so glad you were able to recover the files!! Phew!!

    Here in Vancouver we have tonnnnns of Japanese restaurants. Mostly sushi, but also lots of izakaya, some home style cooking places, shabu shabu (hot pot) and yakiniku (bbq – omg Gyu Kaku my fave!). You can get okonomiyaki a few places (and it’s generally okay) but the one thing Vancouver doesn’t have in terms of Japanese restaurants is speciality okonomiyaki or the cook your own places!! It’s really a shame because I think they’d do so well here. (I may be wrong and if anyone is reading this and knows of a place in or around Vancouver let me know!).

    Probably one of my favourite parts of okonomiyaki is the sauce! Okonomiyaki sauce is sooooo good on lots of things. I keep a bottle in the fridge to put on almost anything savoury ^_^ so if you see it at the supermarket I recommend grabbing some for your condiment army. Also, okonomiyaki is pretty fun and satisfying to make at home. I’d love to see a Martina cooking segment with her making her own concoction! I’m hungry now (:

    4 years ago
  15. This looks amazing! Would anyone know any Okonomiyaki restaurants in Toronto where you would cook it yourself? I know a lot of places serve these made for you, but I’d love to try this!

    4 years ago
  16. I’ve had Okonomiyaki once at a restaurant and it wasn’t that great. It’s on my list of things to make myself, especially since it doesn’t seem all that hard! I second the return Martina’s late night cooking segment!

    ボクは日本の新しいビデオを楽しんでいることは言うまでもないです。^^

    4 years ago
  17. Okonomiyaki pretty much means ‘fry what you like’ lol. I’ve made it myself st home bit I didn’t find it that great. A cute Japanese restaurant opened up by my place and they sell it. I can’t get enough of it now! I can’t wait to try it when I finally go to Japan.

    4 years ago
  18. That looks so delicious, you guise! *.* Oh, is Martina’s late night cooking segment coming back anytime soon? That would be great, her recipes were a great inspiration!^^

    4 years ago
  19. My bf and I love okonomiyakis. He especially loves the Hiroshima okonomiyakis that I make.

    I actually make hiroshima okonomiyakis more rather than the osaka ones. This is because of the ingredients. Horoshima okonomiyakis don’t really require the nagaimo when making them at home because the batter is a lot thinner.

    Also, the ingredients in hiroshima okonomiyakis are the normal stuff, plus yakisoba, a fried egg, bean sprouts and those deep fried tenpura batter things you can get. S & M, you guys have got to try the Hiroshima okonomiyakis. It’s amazing.

    4 years ago
    • Woah the Hiroshima variant sounds so delicious. I’m going to look up a recipe now. Thanks for mentioning this!!

      4 years ago
  20. I love okonomiyaki! I’ve never been able to find a legit restaurant that offers more than one or two varieties, though. I’m so jealous :P

    These videos make me so happy. Korea is amazing, but Japan will always hold a very special place in my weeaboo heart.

    4 years ago
  21. You guys should check out Sakuratei in Harajuku. They have awesome okonomiyaki and monjayaki, the more gooey Tokyo version of okonomiyaki. The walls are covered in bright colorful art and they have strange combinations of ingredients like mexican or pizza along with the classics. http://www.sakuratei.co.jp/en/index.html

    4 years ago
  22. I love okonomiyaki! Ooey gooey grilled deliciousness! Its pretty easy to make at home as well. Like you said, it nagaimo (mountain yam) makes it. You can’t have it without okonomiyaki sauce, kewpie, aori nori, and bonito! Love all you adventures in Japan!

    4 years ago
  23. Have you guys ever gone to Okonomiyaki House in Toronto? I think that’s the only place downtown that has it. T_T

    4 years ago
  24. YAY! I know I haven’t commented much (yay end of undergrad and planing to get my PhD), but you two have been having a ton of fun in Japan and I’m so excited to learn about Japan with you guys.

    On a slightly unrelated note, I was watching some of your Jajangmeyon videos and I looked it up (and maybe its not accurate because it’s Wikipedia) but apparently its based on a Chinese dish but isn’t made entirely the same. (I can’t read the references in the article because they are in Korean but you guys can check them out!)

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jajangmyeon

    4 years ago
    • Cool! Thanks for the link. And congrats on going for your PhD. I wanted to do get my PhD a long time ago. It’s still something I kinda want to pursue :D

      4 years ago
      • Thanks! (It’s really really scary!!!!) It really really hard but I really want to do it but the time commitment and the idea of having to create information…. still. I’m determined!

        4 years ago
  25. Looks kinda tasty? You guys didn’t really sell me on it (no sexy food porn shots? T_T) but I might try it some day. It looks a little dicey with all the raw and cooked meat/seafood mixing together that it makes me worry about salmonella. By the way, the video link the blog does not work. I just get a “autoplay=?” message and no screen when I click “play” (went over the youtube to watch).

    Cyber_3 – protip: cook the meat first and then lay the rest on top of it while it’s still on the grill

    4 years ago
    • btw, thank you, the video link is fixed now.

      4 years ago
    • I’ve cooked quite a few okonomiyakis at home. To avoid the salmonella or other related food poisonings, you have to cook the okonomiyaki on one side for at least like 5 minutes.

      It’s all about good timing when it comes to steaming and pan frying.

      4 years ago
      • Thanks for your advice ^_^v
        I agree that cooking it thoroughly is the key but I guess that I picture okonomiyaki as a late night kind of food where you could be there with drinks for a couple of hours and then…..utensils in both raw and cooked, etc. Making it at home or out for a quick lunch is definitely not a cause for concern.

        4 years ago
  26. I loved this video. I still think its weird you put those flakes on and they look like they are moving. Hope you both are settling in well at your house. Have a great weekend when you wake up tomorrow. Oh hey could you maybe do a tutorial on separating the trash there. I have tried to find good videos and they kinda suck, plus I love Martina’s spunk and liveliness. Arigatou Gozaimasu!

    4 years ago
  27. 4La

    I clicked on the video but it didn’t start to play?? is that my problem??

    4 years ago