Dohtonbori Okonomiyaki

Cook Your Own Okonomiyaki @ Dohtonbori Restaurant

It’s no secret that we love Japanese food like a LOT. So when we had the opportunity to eat okonomiyaki again, we didn’t let it pass.

I initially had no idea what kind of restaurant Dohtonbori was other than the fact that it was a Japanese restaurant. And when I learned that the restaurant highlights okonomiyaki, it got me really excited. This is because besides sushi, sashimi and ramen, okonomiyaki is also part of our favorite Japanese dishes.

 

The Place

Dohtonbori Okonomiyaki

Dohtonbori Okonomiyaki

Dohtonbori’s exterior is similar with the typical food place you may see in Japan. This is evident with the hanging banners and the food display that showcases how the dishes might look like in person.

 

Dohtonbori Okonomiyaki

The same can be said in the interior. We chose to eat in their traditional Japanese styled room. It has tatami mats as flooring, low tables and only pillows as chairs. Yes, you end up sitting on the floor. The good thing about their setup though is that no one is allowed to bring their shoes inside. Another is that they have holes in the floor under the table for customers. This is to let their legs dangle in case they already feel numb from sitting cross legged and, ultimately, for a more comfortable sitting experience.

What really caught my eye is that there were iron griddles in the middle of the tables which I certainly did not expect. Apparently, we get to grill the dishes that we order especially the okonomiyaki.

 

The Food

Since all our ordered food were to be cooked in front, the servers only gave us the ingredients of it.

Four Cheese Okonomiyaki

Me-An ordered FOUR CHEESE OKONOMIYAKI, PhP 290 (or USD 6.27) as expected of a cheese lover.

By the way, for those who still has no idea what okonomiyaki is, it is translated directly as “what you like” (okonomi), and “grilled” or “cooked” (yaki). Hence, the ingredients put for cooking is based on one’s preference; but it’s usually prepared with pancake-like batter and shredded cabbage, and topped with Japanese mayonnaise, katsuobushi (flakes shaved from a dried, smoked bonito fish)  and aonori (dried, finely chopped seaweed). All these makes okonomiyaki a Japanese savory pancake.

For the okonomiyaki to be cooked, a customer has two options:

  1. Seek assistance from the server in having it cooked.
  2. Cook it themselves by following the instruction card placed in each table.

If a customer decides to cook one’s own okonomiyaki, he/she has nothing to worry about. The prepared ingredients were selected well and carefully measured so there is quality and uniformity in taste.

 


6 Steps in Cooking Your Own Okonomiyaki

1. POUR OIL IN THE TEPPAN GRILL.
    This ensures that the okonomiyaki does not stick.

 

2. MIX ALL THE INGREDIENTS WELL.
Mix ingredients

Ensure that it’s evenly distributed by mixing it for at least 10 times from outside to inside.

 

3. POUR MIXTURE IN THE TEPPAN GRILL INTO A PANCAKE SHAPE.

How to cook okonomiyaki

Do not flap or press the okonomiyaki after pouring it evenly.

 

4. COOK FOR 15 MIN. FLIPPING IT ALTERNATIVELY EVERY 5 MIN.

Yogo and Cream Okonomiyaki

When flipping, make sure to use the 2 turners meeting at the center so your okonomiyaki doesn’t break. Make a perfect circle by tucking in the sides.

 
5. COVER WITH OKONOMIYAKI SAUCE.

Okonomiyaki

 

6. ADD SAUCES, TOPPINGS AND SPICES AS DESIRED.

Toppings

For those with seafood allergy, the offered Ao Nori and Bonito Powder are not advised for you.


 

This was the meal of Me-An. Her okonomiyaki’s appearance at least looks somewhat close to how it should look.Okonomiyaki

According to Me-An, she loved her okonomiyaki except for the fact that bonito powder was supplied instead of the supposed bonito flakes. Meanwhile, when I tried it, there was honestly nothing special in the food that made me go “mmmmmm.” Maybe because Me-An wasn’t able to cook it perfectly that’s why it tasted like that or because of the choice of ingredients.

 

Seafood Okonomiyaki

This was the order of Me-An’s mom, 5 SEAFOOD OKONOMIYAKI, PhP 360 (or USD 7.78). We didn’t get to try this so we have nothing to say other than the five seafood ingredients it has which are squid, mentaiko (marinated roe of pollock and cod), octopus, shrimps and scallops.

 

Seafood Shio Monja

Finally, without any hesitation, I ordered was their SEAFOOD SHIO MONJA, PhP 299 (or USD 6.47). I really got interested on this one mainly because I have never heard of monjayaki before.

It has almost the same ingredients with an okonomiyaki except for the base which was a thick sauce. I later on learned that the liquid was made with a combination of komugiko (wheat flour) and dashi (fish broth).

Since there was no instruction card in cooking it and I might end up ruining the food, I sought the assistance of a server.
Dohtonbori Monjayaki

Yogo with Monjayaki

With the monja on the teppan grill, the server then told me to chop the ingredients into small pieces using the two big spatulas. It reminded me of teppanyaki chefs who cook rapidly so I tried imitating them. It was really fun because I’m allowed to play with food.

The end product of the monjayaki is not exactly aesthetically pleasing. The serving turned out to be small also.
MonjayakiIt is important to note that monjayaki is best eaten straight of the teppan grill. With a moji-bera (small spatula) provided, food is scraped along with the remaining parts stuck on the pan. It tastes like the okonomiyaki but, instead of being firm, it’s sticky.

 

OVERALL

We weren’t able to get our actual expense as it was Me-An’s mom who treated us to this restaurant. We’ll try to update this post on our return.

Pardon our eye bags on the photo below. Blogging events plus work had been keeping us up these days.

Dohtonbori

Anyway, Dohtonbori is a really good place to eat at if you’re craving for Okonomiyaki, or you just want to try out other yummy Japanese dishes other than ramen or sushi.

If you want to get the most out of your food though, you might want the servers to cook the food for you so it will be prepared the way it’s meant to be. It might be a little expensive for some. However, it may also be reasonable for some because of the ambiance as well as the experience. The key thing here is to experience it with your loved ones and particularly choose okonomiyaki to get your money’s worth.

DOHTONBORI Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

What do you think of cooking your own okonomiyaki?
And do you think monjayaki is worth a try?
We would love to hear your thoughts in the comment section below.


DOHTONBORI RESTAURANT

Upper Ground Floor, Main Building, SM City North Edsa, Quezon City, Philippines.
Operating Hours: 10AM to 9PM (Mon.-Thurs., Sun.) and 10AM to 10PM (Fri. to Sat.)


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21 Responses to “Cook Your Own Okonomiyaki @ Dohtonbori Restaurant”

  1. It’s nice that you two get to food trip in different restos! Cooking your own okonomiyaki seems like a good experience, and it’s a novelty feature as well. It reminds me of Japanese and Korean restaurants where you can grill your own food. Of course grilling is easier and probably the worst the can go wrong is the food getting burnt. Cooking okonomiyaki seems a bit trickier.

    Though I like the idea, I’ll probably pass up on this one because aside from the fun in cooking you guys didn’t seem to enjoy the actual food that much.

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    • Hi Kat!

      Just to be clear, we liked the food, it’s just that we didn’t enjoyed it as much because we weren’t able to cook it properly, so the taste is not as good compared when the servers make it for us. But yeah, if you don’t like the risk of burning your food, yes you might want to look elsewhere or have the food cooked for you 🙂

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  2. Well let’s say I am not the best at cooking my own thing haha. But this sounded interesting I have to admit I am not very familiar with Japanese food except sushi. By the way I am a cheese lover too. I might convince my boyfriend we try this some time 🙂

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  3. I guess husband and I would enjoy trying to cook our own dish as well. And I like the idea of the hole just in case one feels uncomfortable. How thoughtful of them to design their tables like that.

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  4. I love Japanese food and the idea this restaurant has is a great one. If you are there with friends it encourages more interaction when you are focused on the food, the ingredients, and either cooking yourself or not. Makes it more fun! I have seen couples or groups sitting in restaurants and all just staring at their phones – cant imagine that happening here.

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  5. What a great idea. They cook it in front of you here and the chef tosses it and you’re supposed to catch it in your mouth. I love Asian Food period.

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  6. This is great. My hubby loves different cuisines and I love trying out different dishes for him. I think this is something I would definitely try. It looks yum!

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  7. I love okonomiyaki! I have eaten it in Kyoto, Osaka, Hiroshima, and Tokyo. I also had monjayaki in Tokyo–I liked the taste but you are right that it doesn’t look pretty. I’ve always had someone else cook it for me, though. Too scared to mess it up!

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  8. You just make me crave for okonomiyaki. Will have to try this with my friends. We enjoy this on the spot cooking stuff. 🙂

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  9. We were in Osaka last February- even spent a lot of time in Dohtonbori – but we totally missed this! There were just so many places to choose from I got totally dizzy! Looks very interesting. I like the idea of making your own Okonomiyaki – I’ve only tried this dish once in another restaurant. It would be nice to season it and tailor it to your own tastes. We’re visiting Japan again soon. Will look for this restaurant. 🙂

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  10. Sensational! I absolutely love Japanese food (all food) and this looks like just a fun and delicious day! Cooking delicious food while socialising and learning a new skill!

    I also LOVE Okonomiyaki so I really appreciated the step-by-step guide! Perhaps I can try make it myself at home? Regardless, my partner and I have been considering visiting the Phillipines, this restaurant hit the list of “must visit”! Keep up the amazing work, I’m looking forward to reading more of your posts!!

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    • Oh… Wow! Glad we were able to help your the guide. And it’s nice to know that you’re considering to visit our lovely country. Try to visit summer time though since our rainy season is harsh this year.

      Please do message us if you’re here so we can show you around when we’re both free.

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      • We had a friend who rode through the Phillipines on their bike; their photos are gorgeous and we’ve dreamed of visiting ever since!

        Thank you so much for your kind offer! It would be so lovely to meet you in person! 🙂

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  11. We’ve tried it there once. I also ordered the one with cheese as I love cheese! 🙂 We let the server cook for us though as it was our first time and we wanted to get it right. I found it a bit pricey though as okonomiyaki seemed so simple.

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  12. Not the typical oohs and ahhs I see whenever I see food reviews. 🙂 Nevertheless, it was … let me put it this way, I like food that is cooked in front of me, by a cook, not me doing it (for Japanese food). For Chinese, there’s shabu-shabu.

    I do like the concept though and thank you for this post, kasi now ko lang nalaman ang okonomiyaki.

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  13. I love everything about Japanese food! Especially sushi. Cool concept this place is having. Cooking good food is something I can enjoy so much!

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  14. i got curious with the work Okonomiyaki. Thank you for providing the origin of this word. Uhm. I am a type of person who explores a lot. My tongue wants something new to try. I would love to try this. i wonder how it tastes. really curious now. hmmm

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  15. I haven’t traveled outside the country, but if there is one country I would like to go as my first, it would be Japan and the reason is for the food too. I am so jealous of both of you right now because I would really like to eat authentic okonimiyaki. Cook your own okonimiyaki sounds fun but I would like the locals to cook it for me because I do not trust my cooking hahaha.

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  16. i love okonomiyaki! tried one with a DIY setting in osaka and it was great! the japanese restaurants here in sg usually do not do okonomiyaki or if they do, they serve it cooked, which totally killed the fun of having okonomiyaki in the first place.

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