I feel such a fool. Remember I mentioned the kids in the Hiroshima Peace Park. Well they asked me what Japanese food I liked and having eaten some Economy Yaki the night I arrived in Hiroshima, that’s what I said. No wonder they were laughing. I got it totally wrong, it’s Okonomiyaki.
It’s a sort of savoury pancake with a variety of ingredients and the name comes from okonomi, meaning “what you like” and yaki meaning “grill”.
It’s a speciality of the Kansai and Hiroshima areas of Japan, but they can be found all over the country.
It’s not fast food like Mickee Dees. Each one of these “pancakes” is lovingly put together with flourish and skill, and from starting to me actually eating takes about 20 – 25 minutes.