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So that's natto?

Dinner on Friday night for pdcawley's birthday at Abeno in Museum Street. It's an okonomiyaki restaurant, serving what can best be described as a Japanese cross between a Spanish omelette and a large pancake.

The restaurant mixes up a batter of cabbage, egg and yam flour (with spring onions, ginger and tempura crumbs stirred in), adds all sorts of ingredients, ranging from pork, prawns or squid to lotus root, salmon, kimchi and kobe beef, and then cooks it all on the table in front of you. It's all rather good - and very filling (especially if you take the option with the added noodles). One of the starters was a small okonomiyaki with natto...

Natto is/are fermented soy beans. Apparently they're not very nice, so I'd been avoiding them up to now. However, I seemed to like them. In fact, I'd actually eaten them before, just without knowing what I was eating!

Ah well...

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guybles
Sep. 17th, 2006 08:05 pm (UTC)
I do like okonomiyaki (a Japanese friend of mine made it for me, and said the nearest British equivalent would be fish and chips, in terms of the place it occupies in the Japanese gastronomic pantheon). So, thanks for the tip - I shall try to remember to look it up next time I'm in London.
sbisson
Sep. 17th, 2006 08:22 pm (UTC)
There's also a similar Korean dish, but the only place I've eaten that was in New Zealand...
jhaelan
Sep. 18th, 2006 11:30 am (UTC)
Same here, I had a friend of the family make it (with ingredients he brought back from Japan no less) and it was smashing
palfrey
Sep. 17th, 2006 08:11 pm (UTC)
I haven't had okonomiyaki, but having seen and eaten what the Dutch do to pancakes, I think I've got a fair guess..
sbisson
Sep. 17th, 2006 08:23 pm (UTC)
Ah yes, and there's also the US variant in the shape of IHOP.
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sbisson
Sep. 17th, 2006 08:23 pm (UTC)
Heh heh
spride
Sep. 17th, 2006 11:06 pm (UTC)
> The restaurant mixes up a batter of cabbage, egg and batter

Recursion alert: recursion detected in recursion.
sbisson
Sep. 17th, 2006 11:57 pm (UTC)
Doh.

That should be "Yam flour". Edited!
grey_lady
Sep. 18th, 2006 08:28 am (UTC)
I had a meal there within the last several weeks - I found it slightly pricey (but hey, it's London) but the food was good.
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