Okonomiyaki (お好み焼き) is a Japanese dish usually made of a flour batter, chopped cabbage, sliced green onions, and some sort of meat, and is fried pancake style. Many restaurants in Japan that serve this dish actually cook it on a griddle right on your table. I’ve had it before going to Japan, but it didn’t become one of my favorite foods until I had it in Osaka.
“Okonomi” basically means “your choice/preference” or “what you like”, while “yaki” means “fried.” This seems to be a fitting name, since the recipe possibilities are very open, and you can feel free to add “what you like” and, well, fry it. I personally MUST have bacon in my Okonomiyaki. That’s how I had it in Osaka, and that’s how I’ll have it forever.
My wife makes a spanking good Okonomiyaki. Last time she made it, she bought some thick, center cut bacon slices and generously loaded the dish with it (Pictured above).