February 21, 2013

Okonomiyaki (Japanese Vegetable Pancake) with Sriracha Soy Dipping Sauce

Back when Xiao Bao Biscuit first opened, Carter and I went for a quick dinner before seeing Wild Cub at The Royal American. [Side note: Start listening to them now.] We thought our pork shoulder entree, Khao Man Muu, was just okay, but the clear winner of the night was the appetizer.

Okonomiyaki (say that 3 times fast) is a Japanese savory pancake that translates to “what you like.” It can be made from a variety of ingredients, usually vegetables, and may be topped with sweet or spicy condiments, dried seaweed, or dried fish flakes. XXB’s okonomiyaki is made of cabbage, kale, scallion, and carrot and topped with sriracha and a mayonaise-based sauce. It is damn good. So good that I was convinced to recreate it at home.

A quick google search led me to Food 52’s recipe. I made some changes and came up with my own version that I liked just as much.



  • 5 large eggs
  • 1 tsp. soy sauce
  • 1 tsp. sesame oil
  • 1 tsp. sea salt
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cups shredded cabbage
  • 1/2 cup shredded carrots
  • 1/2 cup shredded zucchini
  • 1/2 cup onion, chopped
  • 3 shallots, chopped
  • sesame seeds (optional)

Sriracha Soy Sauce

  • 1/2 cup fat free Greek yogurt
  • 2 tbsp. Sriracha
  • 2 tbsp. soy sauce


  1. To make the sauce, whisk together Greek yogurt, soy sauce, and Sriracha. Set aside and start on the pancakes.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, whisk eggs with the soy sauce, sesame oil, and salt. Gradually add the flour until incorporated. Fold in cabbage, carrots, zucchini, and scallions.
  3. Warm 2 tablespoons of oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Pour 1/4 cup batter at a time into pan, just like you would regular pancakes.  Cook on each side for about 3-4 minutes or until golden brown. Keep pancakes in a warm oven as you finish making the rest. Top with sesame seeds and/or Sriracha soy sauce.

Readers, have you ever had okonomiyaki?

Locals, what dishes have you had at XXB? We weren’t wowed by the pork dish mentioned above, or the ramen, but both visits the okonomiyaki was great.

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  • itzyskitchen

    These sound delicious. Any time I see any recipe involving sriracha, I always think of you!

  • SoFitSoGreen

    In the Japanese version of The Princess Bride do you think Wesley yelled “Okonomiyakiiiiiii” when he rolled down the hill?

    Had to ask haha. Can’t wait to recreate this recipe!


  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin

    I’ve never heard of these before, but they look awesome! Anything with pancake in the name is bound to be good. 😉

  • This is too funny that you are mentioning this specific appetizer because my sister and I are heading there Friday night for dinner (first time!!) and I was immediately drawn to that appetizer when I looked at the menu online. Now I am definitely trying it!!

  • kerr

    We had the oko and loved it. We also had the spicy duck, ramen, and a few other dishes ( there were 4 of us) and everyone loved their meal. The spicy duck was my fav, it was so spicy!

    • maybe i’ll try the spicy duck next time. i can’t get enough heat!

  • 01Sarena14

    Yes! I never think to make them. This is definitely happening here soon! They look perfectly delicious!

  • April Johnson

    this looks delicious-I am trying to eat more veggies and I love sirachi!! I have never heard of okonomiyaki but it sounds cool and I like the translation!

  • Amelia

    We used to eat things very similar to this when I lived in Japan. So yummy and delicious! During the summer we make them with just plain zucchini from the garden.
    I’ll take a plate of these, throw some avocado on top, then smother me in sriracha. THank you. 😉

    • i love that you lived there. that’s awesome. mmmm yes with avocado. great idea!

  • These sound delicious! My stomach is now growling with hunger. I especially like it because of the sriracha of course!

  • Nichole

    Ok I dig this because it looks e-a-s-y. Are you trying to kill my taste buds?? SPICY sister:)

    • it really is! hahaah yes, burn, baby, burn.

  • Amy

    We liked the appetizers the best! If we go back, we’re going to just share those! The okonomiyaki was great and the shrimp toast was my favorite! p.s. I totally deserve credit for telling you to go to O’Ku for the seaweed salad. I was all over your text on Sunday. 😉

    • i’ll have to get the shrimp toast next time. and YES you do deserve credit!

  • So random! I just posted a recipe for Korean stuffed pancakes! They are definitely a sweet-type of pancake so kind of the opposite of these. But they are also an Asian form of a pancake so it made me smile to see these. 🙂

  • I have heard of Okonomiyaki and it has always looked so good…but I’ve never seen it at any restaurants here and had no idea what the heck was in them so I never attempted to make them myself! They sound TOO good.

  • Hannah @ CleanEatingVeggieGirl

    This is a totally new idea to me, but they look and sound SO tasty. Plus, the addition of sriracha sauce is bound to make them extra tasty!

    • you got that right, sister. sriracha makes everything better.

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