A little more than two years ago, Amir and I made our first okonomiyaki. Up until that point, we had never even heard of it, but without any hesitation, we decided okonomiyaki would be the best dish to feature in our upcoming Ethnic Exploration series. Some called it a Japanese pancake, others a Japanese pizza. Regardless, it was a vegetable-filled, pork belly-covered, sauce-doused, bonito flake-dusted creation on a plate. A bit intimidating, but definitely much better tasting than it looks. Fast forward to earlier this month when I received an invitation to attend FoodStory led by chef and self-proclaimed Japanese food storyteller, Yoko Isassi. In a Downtown loft, I spent a couple of hours with fellow food lovers reliving the okonomiyaki experience.
Here we are with the second challenge for Project Food Blog–cooking a classic dish from another culture. As luck would have it, we had already planned to share this month’s Ethnic Exploration with all of you, so the timing was right. We had a long list of cuisines to choose, and this time we went for Japanese. We needed to choose a classic dish, but we also wanted it to be one new to most of our readers. It was out there, and we were going to find it.