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Japanese Okanomiyaki and Chawanmushi in DC/VA area?

cw1483 Jul 29, 2008 10:00 AM

I'm looking for a Japanese restaurant that serves either okanomiyaki (Japanese pancake filled with meat, veggies, etc.) or chawanmushi (steamed egg in a custard cup with crab cakes and mushroom). Chawanmushi pic is at:

and a pic of Okanomiyaki is at:

I've been to many Japanese restaurants and they just do not carry it. Any ideas where to go?

  1. l
    Lori D Jul 29, 2008 12:05 PM

    They serve okonomiyaki during the Sakura Matsuri. Sorry, but I think that's your best bet in this area, unless you want to buy the mix for the batter (that I have seen at Daruma) and make your own.

    I've never seen chawanmushi in a restaurant in this area.

    DC does not have that many Japanese residents; therefore, there aren't that many restaurants that have Japanese foods other than the standards.

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    1. re: Lori D
      bylinemjf Aug 8, 2008 11:58 AM

      I was going to say the same thing.

      1. re: Lori D
        bou Sep 8, 2008 08:38 PM

        it's really too bad. we could do well w/ a yakitori joint. and takoyaki!!! then i can stop taking day trips to new york. hehehe

      2. m
        matsuip Aug 2, 2008 01:46 PM

        They have chawanmushi at Sushi Taro

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        1. re: matsuip
          cw1483 Aug 14, 2008 01:40 PM

          wow cool, will definitely try it there.

        2. x
          xdcx Aug 8, 2008 07:08 PM

          tachibana in mclean has chawanmushi.

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          1. re: xdcx
            cw1483 Aug 14, 2008 01:40 PM

            great, thanks for the advice.

          2. little audrey Sep 4, 2008 10:38 AM

            For okonomiyaki, check Korean restaurants to see if they have "seafood pancake" on the menu. The Beseto food court in Catonsville has a seafood pancake that tastes just like the okonomiyaki I had in Japan (and also make at home), with chunks of squid and cabbage. I don't know if they provide kewpie mayo, but I don't care for that stuff anyway.

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            1. re: little audrey
              whirlingdervish Sep 4, 2008 08:55 PM

              I second this bit of advice. The closest to okonomiyaki (other than home cooking) I've found easily has been at local Korean restaurants. I didn't know anywhere to get chawanmushi, though--I usually make my own. Thanks!

              1. re: little audrey
                sweth Sep 5, 2008 02:29 PM

                I couldn't tell from the pic what okanomiyaki actually was, but if it is in fact like Korean pancakes, then you can find it at most good Korean places, as "pa jeon" or "pa jun" or "pa jon". The seafood version is haemul (or hae mool) pa jeon. Ye Chon in Annandale has a good one in my opinion.

                1. re: sweth
                  whirlingdervish Sep 5, 2008 10:12 PM

                  Well, pa jeon doesn't have toppings like okonomiyaki, and the Korean pancakes are chock full of scallions, whereas okonomiyaki (that I've had anyway) has cabbage in the batter.

                  Some people refer to okonomiyaki as "Japanese pizza", but I've always thought of it as more of a grilled pancake, so I guess that's why pa jeon is an acceptable "next best thing" to me. :-)

                  I had a tasty one tonight at Woomi Garden in Wheaton, BTW. Dunno if it's authentic Korean hae mool pa jeon, but it sure was tasty!

              2. photographicality Jun 19, 2009 04:14 AM

                Not in the same area, but Famous Yakitori One in Baltimore does have okanomiyaki on the menu.
                I ordered it and didn't like the flavors, but I think its more an issue of me having a boring palate, rather than that it is not authentic, or not good. My friends, who are very adventurous eaters, loved it. Might be worth a try.
                Does anyone know if it is authentic?

                1. tommyskitchen Jun 19, 2009 06:11 AM

                  This thread reminds me of the late Japan Inn, where I ordered Chawanmushi every Friday night...If I could bring back one restaurant in this area that would be it....

                  1. c
                    cfoodie Jun 19, 2009 08:54 PM

                    Chawanmushi used to be served at Sushi Taro. I believe they can still do it, but you have to ask. It's pretty easy to make it yourself also.

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