Japanese Food – Eating Hiroshima style Okonomiyaki

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Since I talked about my current food habits on tumblr, I thought I’d do a food post here, too!

One of the top foods I always miss when I’m not in Japan is Hiroshima style okonomiyaki (お好み焼き). To me one of the greatest mysteries is how Osaka style Okonomiyaki got more popular than Hiroshima style Okonomiyaki. I may love Osaka and consider it my favorite city in the world, but Hiroshima style Okonomiyaki is 10x more delicious!

So how are Osaka style and Hiroshima style Okonomiyaki different? Both have a similar recipe of cabbage, pancake batter, egg, and pork. Osaka’s are mixed and use much less cabbage. Hiroshima style is known for its use of soba or udon noodles and tends to use 3x as much cabbage and its thicker and the ingredients are not mixed. More cabbage = more filling on healthy food = better for you!

Both styles of Okonomiyaki have delicious variants like: mochi, cheese, squid, shrimp, green onions, kimchi and octopus.

If you’re in Hiroshima, the place you go to Okonomiyaki is Okonomimura (お好み村). It’s a haven of 27 Okonomiyaki small shops that is popular with locals and tourists. Their Okonomiyaki sauce is specially made just for Okonomimura shops.

It’s right next to Parco on the Hatchobori tram stop.

To enter you go up the stairs and immediately you will see a dozen Okonomiyaki shops.

On this small floor there are about 8 shops. The cook will immediately ask you to seat anyone you pass.

Seating is on stools around a hook-shaped teppanyaki grill. There is usually the chef and someone to handle the cash and do clean up. Often there’s a tv in the corner playing.

The seating more filled up. The chef will usually direct you where to sit. Often there’s a traditional style (vertical with prices displayed in kanji like 一000 to show it’s 1000yen) but since this place is tourist friendly they usually have regular menus or the many places staff knows a few English words like “squid” or “check”.

My chef from last time (I did ask to take pictures) with the tv and coat hangers. Most menus just have Okonomiyaki with toppings and then beer, soft drinks or whiskey highballs as a drink.

My mochi cheese Hiroshima Okonomiyaki. The correct top of Hiroshima style is the sauce and aonori which is dried seaweed flakes. No bonito or mayonaise like Osaka style.

Mochi is amazing inside Onomoyaki. The chef first grills it on the teppanyaki grill for a while to get it nice and chewy and then chops it up and places it within the Okonomiyaki for easy eating.

My squid, mochi and green onion topped Hiroshima style Okonomiyaki with udon noodles instead of soba. “Mochi ika” is one of the most popular Hiroshima Okonomiyaki toppings. Both the squid and mochi are very chewy and filling!

Pickled ginger is sometimes optional, it’s more of a chef’s discretion. Also chefs sometimes top the Okonomiyaki with squid or shrimp instead of putting it in.

How to Okonomiyaki! Do not, ever ever eat from the grill. Instead you’re given a small metal spatula and you cut very small portions off.

Transfer that portion to a bowl and then eat from it with chopsticks.

Hiroshima Okonomiyaki is very filling and super cheap especially from Okonomimura. A meal will set you back 500-700yen only! Around $7-10! So cheap!! Delicious food in Japan doesn’t always have to cost!


  1. October 8, 2012 / 5:00 pm

    aaww the food looks super yummy :heartcat: ! I never tried okonomiyaki but I will definetely will search for recipes to try that out! :oops:

  2. October 8, 2012 / 8:44 pm

    Despite being into Japanese culture for so many years, of all things, I still have not tried okonomiyaki. :( SO SAD because I hear about it all the time and it seems so yummy. I never even knew there were various kinds depending on location. But thanks for this post! Now I know how I should eat it when I visit Japan! :D

  3. October 9, 2012 / 12:40 am

    For me, the Hiroshima style is the best I have eat! In fact, I have try the Tokyo and Hiroshima style. That’s so yummyyy!

  4. piiyup
    October 10, 2012 / 2:02 pm

    please do more of your fave food posts in japan. this is very interesting. thanks for posting.

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