Our Asian theme week takes us to Japan.
Japanese cuisine is like a work of art.
Here, the focus is on the product and great care and quality are valued, even when it comes to inexpensive dishes.
It's no wonder that sushi masters perfect their profession for almost decades and always strive for the best.
But there's more to food in Japan than just sushi and raw fish.
Meanwhile, many other typical Japanese dishes are known worldwide and are experiencing a real hype, such as ramen, miso soup, gyoza, tempura and okonomiyaki.
Behind the latter hides a kind of hearty pancakes with cabbage and shrimp.
When it comes to preparation, anything that tastes good can be put on the flatbread.
Hence the name:
means "what I like" and
We now have the delicious snack in a handy muffin format.
Have fun trying!
That's how it's done:
You need these ingredients:
220 grams of wheat flour
1 teaspoon Baking powder
0.25 tsp pepper
350ml of water
250 g pointed cabbage, thin strips
100 g carrot, grated
200 g shrimp, cooked and peeled
2 spring onions, cut into rings
1 tsp ginger, chopped
2 tbsp sesame oil
Sunflower oil for greasing
6 tablespoons Japanese mayonnaise
6 tablespoons hoisin sauce
What are bonito flakes?
What are bonito flakes?
Bonito flakes (Japanese. Katsuobushi) are extremely thin, smoked and dried bonito fish flakes.
It belongs to the mackerel and tuna family and is also called "striped tuna".
When bonito flakes are placed on hot food, the escaping steam causes the thin fish flakes to move and dance.
The scraped flakes are often used to make dashi broth (for ramen) or as a topping for Japanese pancakes (okonomiyaki).
The preparation is simple:
Preheat the oven to 180 °C bottom / top heat.
For the okonomiyaki dough:
In a bowl, mix the wheat flour, baking powder, pepper, eggs and water into a homogeneous dough.
Add the cabbage, carrots, shrimp, spring onion, ginger and sesame oil and mix well.
Grease a muffin tin with sunflower oil (or any other unflavored vegetable oil).
Pour the batter into the cavities of the muffin cups.
Bake in the preheated oven for about 30 minutes until the dough is done.
For the toppings:
Garnish the muffins with Japanese mayonnaise, hoisin sauce, spring onions, sesame seeds and bonito flakes as you like.
Another finger food recipe!
It's that easy to make your own okonomiyaki muffins.
© Simply Tasty
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