We start out in the kitchen. There are several large stainless steal griddle tables in the room. We brought aprons and bandanas to tie back our hair and get started. We are stepped through the process of making Okonomiyaki. It starts with making a thin, round crape, add shredded cabbage, green onion, some sea weed flakes, bacon, egg noodles and sauce. It is a delicious treat and fun to make.
|Yasuko-san, Despina and I holding up our spatulas that are used to eat Okonomiyaki.|
We were then given a tour of the factory where they make the most popular brand of Okonomiyaki sauce which is a thick, tomato, Worcestershire, sweet sauce. After the tour we were each given a bottle of sauce (still warm from the assembly line and time stamped only a couple hours earlier that day, talk about fresh!) a package of noodles and instructions on how to make Okonomiyaki at home. It was a fun day with much laughing and good food. It was certainly worth the cost of the tour and lesson (about $10) and the time on the train.
After writing this blog, I just wish Okonomiyaki was a shorter word ;-)