Okonomiyaki

Okonomiyaki

Okonomiyaki is the most famous as Hiroshima soul food, and as for the number of the Okonomiyaki restaurants per population in each prefecture in Japan, Hiroshima prefecture ranks in the first. Okonomiyaki is cooked with superposition of cabbage, bean sprouts, pork, egg and noodles, which is soba or udon, on thin flour dough spread like crepe. This cooking method and the thick sweet sauce are different from Osaka style Okonomiyaki, which is cooked of mixing of flour dough and other ingredients. The history of Okonomiyaki seems to be more than 70 years ago, and it was almost cheap snack. After the World War 2 a lot of Okonomiyaki street stalls stood on the ground which was burned by the atomic bomb, and Okonomiyaki, which was made of a little flour dough and a few vegetables, helped Hiroshima people in the time of shortage of foods. There are more than 2000 Okonomiyaki restaurants around Hiroshima city, and Okonomi-mura Village, Hiroshima Okonomi Monogatari Ekimae Hiroba and The Republic of Okonomi “Hiroshima Village” are famous places as the all shops of the building are Okonomiyaki restaurants.

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