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Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Our very first dinner at Sapporo

After we check in to the Hotel at Sapporo, after a 15 minutes walk at the very cozy road, I think it was only a couple of degree and it was dazzling. Here we are, sitting in a very warm and smells good Okonomiyaki Restaurant. 
Fugetsu is one of the most renowned Okonomiyaki serving store in Japan... and they have quite a number of franchise stores establish in Japan...


  Okonomiyaki (お好み焼き?) is a Japanese savoury pancake containing a variety of ingredients. The name is derived from the word okonomi, meaning "what you like" or "what you want", and yaki meaning "grilled" or "cooked" (cf. yakitori and yakisoba). Okonomiyaki is mainly associated with Kansai or Hiroshima areas of Japan, but is widely available throughout the country. Toppings and batters tend to vary according to region. Tokyo okonomiyaki is usually smaller than a Hiroshima or Kansai okonomiyaki.


When you sitting in front of the table, you will notice that there is a user guide stated carefully how you going to cook it, because the restaurant will only serve you with the Cooking ingredient and you have do all by yourself... So this might be a good time for those who always to wanted to become a chef, this is a good timing for you show off your Cooking Skill!


Why am I doing this? Of course I'm the only guy in this trip and I should show my courtesy as a Gentleman. This is how it look like when you blended all the ingredient together... and you can pour it on to the hot pan after you mixed it... I do look like a PRO!


Once one side of the okonomiyaki has been sufficiently cooked, the spatulas are used one in each hand to flip it onto the other side. This is the most difficult part of the process, and one needs to make sure that the okonomiyaki has been cooked through enough to hold together.

When both sides of the okonomiyaki are cooked the toppings are added. The first layer is the okonomiyaki sauce, which looks and tastes like Worcestershire sauce. The sauce is applied to the Okonomiyaki with a brush.

 Mayonnaise (kept in a tall, clear squeeze bottle) is added to the okonomiyaki, usually in zigzagging lines. Because mayonnaise is a relatively new addition to okonomiyaki, there are a few stores that do not have it available.


Shavings of smoked bonito called katsuobushi are placed on the okonomiyaki with wooden pincers. Because of the heat, the fish shavings move and contort when put on the okonomiyaki.

My Friend MJ, she is main cooker of the night....

Never the less, we did order the free flow drinks for 2 hours... this mean we can drink as much as we can withing the 2 hours with any listing on the menu we like...

She tried every single drinks listed on the Menu within the limited time ... Bravo!

A must try food when you are in Japan...!


To be continue with
The 1st Step @ ぜるぶの丘 The Hills of Zerubu & Atom