Crunchy Togarashi Zucchini Chips with Okonomiyaki Sauce

IMG_0304I made these Japanese style zucchini chips for lunch today. This crappy “summer” weather has me craving comfort food. It is so freaking cold. At least these crispy bites of goodness kept me warm. If you have never heard of Nanami togarashi, it is a Japanese chili and spice mix which is sold in most Asian stores. It contains chili pepper, orange peel, black sesame seeds, white sesame seeds, Japanese pepper, ginger and seaweed. It is a really balanced spice mixture. I normally use it when I make sushi.

This recipe is a small batch which serves 2 people.

Ingredients:

For the zucchini chips:

1 Zucchini, sliced into 1cm rounds

2 cups of panko breadcrumbs

1 cup of all-purpose flour

1 ½ tablespoons of Nanami Togarashi

1 tablespoon of white sesame seeds

Pinch of onion powder

Salt

2 eggs, beaten

For the Okonomiyaki Sauce:

½ cup of ketchup

3 tablespoons of Worcestershire sauce

1 ½ tablespoons of honey

Pinch of garlic powder

2 tablespoons of soy sauce

1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar

Extras:

1 cup of vegetable oil for frying the zucchini

Chopped chives for decoration (optional)

 

Whisk together all of the ingredients for the Okonomiyaki sauce in a medium bowl. Set aside until ready to serve.

Have the coating ready. Place the beaten eggs in a small bowl. Place the flour with a pinch of salt in another bowl. Finally have a bowl ready with the panko, togarashi, sesame seeds, a pinch of onion powder and a good pinch of salt (make sure to mix it with a fork).

Grab a zucchini piece and coat it in the flour, then the eggs and finally in the panko mixture. Repeat until all the zucchini pieces are evenly coated.

Pour the oil in a large pan over medium heat. Once the oil is hot, carefully fry the zucchini in batches until they become golden. This will only take about 2-3 minutes per batch. Place them over paper towels while you fry the rest.

Serve with the zucchini fries with the Okonomiyaki Sauce and some chopped chives. I also sprinkled a bit of extra togarashi on the sauce. Enjoy!

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Okonomiyaki (Japanese Pancake)

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Japanese pancakes have been on my to-do list for a long time now. I finally made them today for dinner. This is my version of the savory cabbage pancake. I decided to make it vegetarian but you can also add meat if you want. I kept it simple with just cabbage, carrot and spring onion. Instead of using kewpie mayo as one of the toppings, I just mixed Greek yogurt with wasabi paste.

This recipe makes 3 large pancakes.

Ingredients:

For the pancake:

6 cups of thinly sliced cabbage

1 ½ cups of shredded carrot

3 spring onion, finely chopped

2 cups of rice flour

½ cup of all-purpose flour

½ cup of panko

5 eggs

5gr of dashi powder

1 cup of water

2 tablespoons of soy sauce

Vegetable oil for frying

For the Okonomiyaki sauce:

½ cup of ketchup

3 tablespoons of Worcestershire sauce

1 ½ tablespoons of honey

Pinch of garlic powder

2 tablespoons of soy sauce

1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar

Toppings:

5 tablespoons of Greek yogurt

1 tablespoon of wasabi paste

Sesame seeds

Pickled ginger

Spring onion, thinly sliced

 

Whisk together all of the ingredients for the Okonomiyaki sauce in a medium bowl. Set aside.

Whisk the Greek yogurt with the wasabi paste and set it aside.

In a large bowl, whisk the water with the dashi powder. Then add the rice flour, all-purpose flour, panko, eggs and soy sauce. Whisk until everything is combined. Finally add the cabbage, carrot and spring onions. Mix well.

I used a small 20cm pan, and cooked it like a frittata. Add 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil to a pan, over medium heat. Once the oil is hot, add 1/3 of the pancake batter. Make sure to spread it evenly and press firmly with the spatula.  Cook until golden on both sides, this will take about 4 minutes per side.  I find it easier to flip the pancake using a plate to prevent it from breaking.

Repeat for the remaining batter.

To plate it, I drizzled some of the Okonomiyaki sauce and the Greek yogurt with wasabi. Then sprinkled some sesame seeds and sliced spring onions. Finally garnish it with some pickled ginger.

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