Here’s a cultural food lesson to get you in the mood for tonight’s meal: Okonomiyaki is a Japanese savory pancake made-up of a cabbage, flour, and egg batter. When you break down “Okonomiyaki” in Japanese, it quite literally means “what you like cooked.” So, our chef’s cooked up this version using a light tempura batter with red cabbage, scallions, ginger, and garlic. Served on top of sesame ginger rice and topped with the perfect combo of spicy mayo and sweet hoisin sauce, your newest fritter obsession is just around the (kitchen) corner.
Produced in a facility that processes milk, eggs, fish, shellfish, tree nuts, peanuts, wheat, and soybean.
Shredded Red Cabbage
Tempura Mix(ContainsEggs, Milk, Wheat)
Mushroom Stock Concentrate
Hoisin Sauce(ContainsWheat, Soy)
• Adjust rack to top position and preheat oven to 400 degrees. Wash and dry all produce. • Peel and mince or grate ginger and garlic, keeping them separate. Finely chop cabbage. Trim and thinly slice scallions, separating whites from greens.
• Heat a drizzle of oil in a small pot over medium-high heat. Add half the sesame seeds (save the rest for serving) and a big pinch of ginger; cook, stirring frequently, until golden brown, 1-2 minutes. • Stir in rice, 1¼ cups water (2¼ cups for 4 servings), and a big pinch of salt. Bring to a boil, then cover and reduce to a low simmer. Cook until rice is tender, 15-18 minutes. • Keep covered off heat until ready to serve.
• While rice cooks, in a small bowl, combine mayonnaise, ¼ tsp water (½ tsp for 4 servings), and sriracha to taste.
• In a large bowl, whisk together eggs*, stock concentrate, and ¼ cup water (½ cup for 4 servings). • Whisk in tempura mix until no lumps remain. • Fold in cabbage, garlic, scallion whites, and remaining ginger. Season with ½ tsp salt (1 tsp for 4) and pepper. Mix thoroughly to combine, 1-2 minutes.
• Heat a large drizzle oil in a large, preferably nonstick, pan over medium high heat. Once oil is hot enough that a drop of batter sizzles when added to the pan, carefully add half the batter (add a quarter of the batter for 4 servings). Cook until browned and crispy, 3-5 minutes per side. (TIP: If fritter begins to brown too quickly, reduce heat.) Transfer to cutting board. • Repeat process with remaining batter to make 2 fritters total (4 fritters for 4).
• Fluff rice with a fork; season with salt and pepper to taste. • Divide sesame ginger rice between plates. Cut okonomiyaki into quarters and place atop rice. Top with sriracha mayo and hoisin sauce. Garnish with scallion greens and remaining sesame seeds. Serve.