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Okonomi-yaki (Hiroshima)
Very Popular in Hiroshima
Date:07, Oct, 2019
Investigated and Written by Misaka Youhei
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Generally speaking, Hiroshima people mostly love Okonomi-yaki. If you visit Hiroshima, you must really feel so. Getting down onto the Hiroshima station, you can find some Okonomi-yaki restaurants. What is Okonomi-yaki? you may ask. Well, I am explaining what it is now.

It is a Japanese popular food which looks like a pancake. It contains a variety of ingredients (like sprouts and pork) in a wheat-flour-based batter. Some call it "Konamon (flour-based cuisine)" in Osaka areas. What on earth did the food name come from? Okonomi means whatever you like, and yaki does cooked with fire in Japanese language.



Okonomi-yaki (Hiroshima)
File: 広島風お好み焼き.jpg
from the Japanese Wikipedia
(Photoed on June 8, 2011)

You can have Okonomi-yaki as a local food of Hiroshima and Osaka. Of course, Hiroshima's are clearly different from Osaka's. No same. What's the difference? In Hiroshima, they mostly add Chinese noodles and sprouts. You are not so difficult finding a restaurant whose Okonomi-yaki don't contain any noodles in Hiroshima. But most use them. Osaka people hardly do so. Usually, Okonomi-yaki with Chinese noodles are called as Modern-yaki in Osaka.



Okonomi-yaki (Hiroshima) on the way
File: Preparation of okonomiyaki in shimo kitazawa 02.JPG
from the Japanese Wikipedia
(Photoed on May 29, 2012)

I don't know who counted, but they say there are over 1,500 Okonomi-yaki restaurants in Hiroshima. It means the two: One is Hiroshima people usually have Okonomi-yaki there, and another is you can easily have Okonomi-yaki in Hiroshima.