Thursday, 22 November 2012

Okonomiyaki!


Before hitting the shinkansen (bullet train) back to Kobe, Hiroshi took me to the train station and its numerous restaurants. You could choose pretty much anything your heart desires, as long as it's Japanese! The typical Japanese restaurants are all really small, with the kitchen right there in the open with barstools ringing it and maybe a couple of regular tables. Each restaurant pretty much provides one thing and one thing only. 


Dr. Hiroshi Hasegawa and I at the big Itsukushima Shinto shrine on Miyajima Island just off Hiroshima. And we Orientals take our rice seriously - this HAS to be the largest rice scoop ever at about 5 m long!

For example, one would be a ramen shop that would only serve variations of ramen. Don't even think of asking for soba or udon, let alone sushi! And yes, another would be only soba noodles, another only udon noodles, etc. Reminds me of the Saturday Night Live "Cheeseburger" skit where, no matter what you ordered, you ended up with cheeseburger and Pepsi! 
Anyway, we went with the Hiroshima specialty of Okonomiyaki, or "Japanese Pancakes." Amazingly good! How to describe it? Well, there's an EXTREMELY thin crepe on each side. In between, you can choose either soba or udon noodles, along with cabbage and your choice of filling. We both went with squid, but you get whatever else the cook decides to put in too - in our case pork. Heck, I'm not complaining! There's also a thick and sweet soy sauce on top of it all.