I was looking for a recipe to use up the other half of the cabbage I used to make my Cabbage, Potato & Leek Soup and found this on 101 Cookbooks. The origianl version is called Okonomiyaki but is also known as Japanese Pizza. It is nothing like a pizza except, I suppose, it’s round. It is delicious though and you can add whatever flavourings you like. I added some toasted sushi nori (the seaweed sheets) and some Thai Massaman curry paste which gave it great flavour. It’s kind of like street food in your own home. It has that crispy, fried, spicy addictive thing that you want to eat with your hands. The shredded cabbage is mixed with leeks, eggs, wholemeal flour and whatever seasoning you fancy.
It’s a mixture of a pancake, frittata, tortilla, rosti and squeak without the bubble. But it definitely is not a pizza….
Thai Spiced Crispy Cabbage Pancake (or Japanese Pizza)
makes 3 or 4 large thin pancakes, vegetarian. Adapted from 101 Cookbooks
- 1/2 head cabbage, core removed and finely shredded
- 1 large leek, dark green ends removed, cut in half lengthways, rinsed well and sliced
- 100 gr wholemeal flour (or plain)
- salt & black pepper
- about 2 tbsp curry paste (whatever you have)
- 1 tbsp oyster sauce
- 5 eggs, beaten
- 2 sheets of sushi nori (toasted under the grill for few seconds on each side)
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- fresh coriander to serve
In a large bowl, mix together the cabbage, leeks, flour, salt & black pepper until everything is coated in the flour. Stir in the beaten eggs, curry paste, oyster sauce and finely crumble over the toasted nori sheets. Mix well to make sure everything is evenly distribited.
Heat about 2 tbsp oil in a large frying pan over a medium heat. Add a quarter of the cabbage mixture to the hot pan and press it out and down to fill the pan with a metal spatula. Make sure it is quite thin & flat. Cook for 4-5 minutes until the bottom is golden brown. To flip it, slide it out onto a plate, place another plate on top and turn them over. Add some more oil to the pan if necessary and slide the pancake back into the frying pan. Press down with the spatula and cook for a further 3 -5 minutes until golden on that side too.
Serve straight away garnished with lots of fresh coriander leaves. This is a perfect quick and easy supper or brunch dish with bags of flavour. Great hangover food that isn’t bad for you!!