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Okonomiyaki for a Limited Time Only

(Photo by ISO staff)

Okonomiyaki, aka Japanese pancake, has recently been introduced to our campus. Originating from Kansai, okonomiyaki has been served at the United College Si Yuan Amenities Centre since November. Okonomiyaki is derived from the word 'okonomi', meaning 'what you like or 'what you want', and 'yaki' meaning 'grilled'. So, it simply means 'grill whatever you like'.

The okonomiyaki served at Si Yuan Amenities Centre resembles the original recipe except that, instead of wheat flour, high- and low-gluten flour is used to mix the batter to make it non-sticky. Limited by the cafeteria's licensing agreement, the commonly used pork is replaced by ham. Completing the pancake are traditional ingredients and toppings such as onion, carrot, shredded cabbage, bonito shavings, aonori (seaweed flakes), okonomi sauce, and Japanese mayonnaise.

Research in Japan shows that okonomiyaki is ranked second on the 'Food of Osaka' list, and is the most popular homemade dish in Osaka families. It is also well received on campus. Okonomiyaki is only on offer from 5 pm to 7:30 pm till the end of the year. Don't miss this chance.


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