On January 24th we held an Okonomiyaki Party and it was our first event and our first time seeing Tadaima Japan readers. It was exciting for all of us and I’d like to report on how it went!
For this event we used the Okubo Chiiki Center that had a nice big kitchen area where we could cook.
This way please.” This is mocchy, who guided participants to the kitchen area.
She’s got a nice smile!
We had prepared ingredients and condiments.
How can flour turn into Okonomiyaki you might ask?
What kind of Okonomiyaki is everyone going to make?
Wow! We welcomed a lot of people.
Friends from Taiwan, China, and Japan have eaten Okonomiyaki at a restaurant, but it was their first time making it!
The instructor, Guri, explained how to cut ingredients and make the dough. Everyone carefully listened to his directions while holding a recipe in their hands.
“You can cut it like this,” said Hatsuna to Anna, who had just arrived in Japan 3 months ago.
Cooking lover Shu-chan, started cutting food by herself.
“How long have you been in Japan?”
Wow! It’s amazing that she can already understand the directions in Japanese!
The boys were also participating.
Don’t worry boys, no one will point out that you were just mixing up the ingredients!
“Well, this texture is ok.”
Guri taught very well and complimented everyone.
The dough was ready.
Guri then moved on to teaching how to fry it.
The secret is frying the dough without compressing it, letting air in.
After 7 minutes comes the tense moment, flipping the Okonomiyaki over!
Very well done!Guri showed his expertise.
How about everyone else’s?
Toshi-san from Taiwan loves cooking and he succeeded in flipping it over!
Even though it was his first time, he did very well and everyone applauded.
Continuing on to Jenny from Taiwan and Wasabi from Japan.
They both also did very well with smiles on their faces.
Lastly, we finish up with seasoning.
The seasoning procedure showed everyone’s originality.
SHU added lots of sauce.
“More mayonnaise,” Toshi-san kept saying.
“Doesn’t it look good?” Anna-san was eager to decorate the top.
Yuko added a lot of dried bonito flakes.
Everyone holds up their delicious looking Okonomiyaki.
Is it me, or do they look more delicious than the instructor’s Okonomiyaki?
It looked so delicious and we couldn’t stop ourselves from eating it.
Acco-san and mocchy looked super happy eating such tasty food.
There was dough left over, so we continued to make more Okonomiyaki.
We were developing quite a rapport with each other through this cooking event.
What are you guys talking about and smiling at, tell me!
“Be careful,” mocchy kindly whispered.
“Now you guys have all become masters.” “I’m happy!”
“I’ll wash dishes so that everyone can focus on eating.”
Time flies when you’re having fun!
It was our first time meeting each other and very easy to develop friendships through cooking.
While leaving, our new friends asked us to add them on Facebook and told us to hold more events in the near future. These are some great comments we got from you guys.
We would love to hold more events where we can introduce Japanese culture, and give a positive feeling about Japan.
Lastly, a special thanks to Morrissey, our cameraman who captured everyone’s nice smiles!
Thanks for coming to our event!
See you at the next event!