Introducing Our House Specialty: Okonomiyaki

Every restaurant needs that one dish that sets it apart from the others. A dish that makes an impression and leaves customers coming back for more time after time. Here at Okonomiyaki Chibo Restaurant in Honolulu, that dish is okonomiyaki.

  • What is Okonomiyaki?

In the simplest of terms, okonomiyaki is a savory Japanese style pancake filled with a range of tasty ingredients. There are countless versions and takes on this traditional Japanese dish, many stemming from what region they came from. The most popular take is the Osaka-style, which is what we base our okonomiyaki recipe on.

  • History of this Iconic Dish

While the origins of the dish remain up for debate, many agree that this dish was a traditional snack food dating back centuries. Early recipes resembled thin crepe like creations with modest fillings. Depending on where you are, these may also be called Japanese Pizza, or Osaka Soul Food. Today, it has evolved into the tasty meal that has become our pride and joy.

  • How It’s Made

Okonomiyaki starts with a batter of egg, cabbage, flour, and mountain yams. This batter is then fried much like a pancake or omelet would be with choice fillings mixed in. As with a standard pancake, these are then flipped and then topped with a selection of mouthwatering sauces including:

  • Japanese Plum Sauce
  • Japanese Mayonnaise
  • Seaweed Powder
  • Dried Bonito Flakes
  • A Bit on the Filling Options

Okonomiyaki translates to “What you like grilled” which is exactly how our award winning chefs prepare our signature dish. Diners may pick from our extensive list of ingredients to create a customized meal that will leave a lasting impression. A few filling options include:

  • Beef
  • Shrimp
  • Squid
  • Scallops

Or try a local spin on this traditional recipe with our Nui Aloha Style Okonomiyaki, filled with beef sirloin steak, lobster, avocado, scallops, and pineapple.

Enjoy as a Meal at Chibo

Our house specialty would stand alone as an amazing dish, however, for a complete meal experience enjoy your custom-made okonomiyaki with one of our side dishes, a fresh crisp salad. Sweet and chilled sherbet ends the meal with a refreshing finish.

Whether you’re in Honolulu for business or pleasure, or perhaps a local looking for award winning Japanese food, we have a table waiting for you. Give us a call today make your reservation at (808) 922-9722!