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Jul 3, 2014 12:14 AM

Okonomiyaki Flour

Anybody know where to get it? I'll go to Ashai tomorrow. Wondering it MT would have many japanese products.

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  1. Flour used in okonomiyaki is pretty much the same as all-purpose flour. Pancake flour (or mix) would also work well.

    1. You can use regular flour, but it won't have the same flavor and texture that you will get with okonomiyaki flour. There are some substitutes listed here under "Alternative Batter Recipes"

        Wheat flour, kelp powder, Sea salt, Vegetable oil, Sugar, Dried mackerel powder, Bonito extract, Dried bonito powder, Hydrolyzed plant protein, Baking powder, Monosodium glutamate, Guar gum

        That looks like a mix, not a distinct type of flour. I have used such a mix, but now just use AP with some dashi granules for flavor.

        I've seen rice or corn starch in Korean pancake mixes, presumably to reduce the gluten levels. So a softer American flour (White Lily) might be better than AP. But as I make okonomiyaki, there's so much cabbage and onion, that the batter is just a binder.

        1. Closer to you might be that place on Lamar.... __ __ Sushi
          I'll think of its name in a minute.

          The Japanese supermarket with the tables inside for serving sushi.
          They might have it....

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          1. re: sweet100s

            DK Sushi's the place you're thinking of. Last time I was there, they had really cut down on their grocery section. It's been a while though.

            1. re: kosheri

              That's it! Really nice man who works there or owns it.

              I bought a Salmon cheek from their frozen section and BBQ'd it... delicious.

              rudeboy what concoction are you making with this flour?

              1. re: sweet100s

                I've been wanting to make a Japanese pancake for a while, and also to get my kids to eat cabbage. I posted on the Home Cooking board for recommendations for cabbage ideas for kids, and someone brought up Okonomiyaki. Made two this morning.....mixed the batter with water and an egg, then stirred in scallions, cabbage, and cilantro. The batter rose quite a bit during cooking. Topped the pancake with finely minced and marinated pork and shrimp. Flipped the thing over and cooked on the pork and shrimp side. It was a good savory breakfast.....

          2. I've gotten okonomiyaki mix at MT and at Asahi. IIRC, it was in a box - it came with the flavored flour, plus the nori julienne. I tried it with flour once, and was disappointed. Until I figure out the seasonings, I deal with the mix. Don't forget the sauce and kewpie!

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            1. re: saticoy

              Thanks for the help, y'all. I got a 15.9 ox (450g) pack of flour from Ashai for like $5.50. I didn't check the ingredients before I bought it - besides wheat flour, we have baking powder, wheat starch, soy flour, kelp powder, salt, sugar, soybean oil, and guar gum. PaulJ's product seems a bit more involved - I'd rather have that. This product could probably be emulated with a good pantry for a fraction of the price. I didn't bother with the sauce - seemed like I could make something that would work. I may regret that later!

              1. re: rudeboy

                I think the mayo is more important than the sauce, especially if you want to make the decorative pattern. :)

                The sauce is like a terriyaki sauce. So almost any sweetened soysauce mix will work. Or a sirracha or hot sauce of your choice.

                1. re: paulj

                  I'll have to stop by again and get that mayo. I almost bought it just sounded like a weird thing to top the thing off with.

                    1. re: girloftheworld

                      yep. it's about $8 and some change, i believe.

                      1. re: dinaofdoom

                        Is it worth that much? I see recipes online on how to make it, or at least emulate. Is there a facsimile that might be worth it (another cheaper brand)?

                        1. re: rudeboy

                          it is cheaper at MT and the Asian markets....but I live forever from them.. and if the chauffeur doesn't have to make a special trip..

                          1. re: girloftheworld

                            I'll be up that way soon. Last night, I scoured both the salad dressing aisle and the little asian shelf at the Burnet/Koenig HEB to no avail. They did have a container of sriracha mayonnaise for $4.87. Looked at the ingredients - mayo and sriracha. One can make that at home.

                            Ashai has a 500ml bottle of Kewpie for $5.99. I may go to MT today. Anyone need me to check on anything? I don't mind, as I tend to spend a lot of time there.

                            1. re: rudeboy

                              My HEB has it on the shelf that rounds the Sushi station as well as over on the Asian aisle ( which also has instant miso of all things and a pretty good selection of stuff)

                              1. re: girloftheworld

                                OK - maybe you have a better HEB than me. Even the updated version at Burnet/2222 leaves something to be desired!

                                1. re: rudeboy

                                  I live between two and they both are awesome...the New one is like going to Central Market

                                  1. re: girloftheworld

                                    what's the new one?

                                    i shop at parmer/mcneil most often, with jaunts to lakeline or cat hollow.

                                    1. re: dinaofdoom

                                      The one over by the outletmall..
                                      is the cat hollow the one my dad calls the 620 ?

                                      1. re: girloftheworld

                                        yes, that's it. it has a steel cat sculpture on the corner of 620 & o'connor.

                                  2. re: rudeboy

                                    that one needed to be updated. Haven't been in a while, but i always thought that was the worst one in Central Austin (the one on 2222 & Burnet)

                                    1. re: TroyTempest

                                      Oh, burn. My post was removed. Summary: HEB update was a big disappointment. No changes to the important things: produce, meat, fish. I still consider it one of the worst in Central Austin.