The whole object of travel is not to set foot on foreign land; it is at last to set foot on one’s own country as a foreign land.” – G.K. Chesterton

Tuesday, 12 September 2006

Okonomiyaki @ Monja-tei (Kanazawa)

We had our first okonomiyaki (Japanese-style pancake/omelette) at a place in Kanazawa recommended by the Lonely Planet called Monja-tei (where would we be without the Guide? Thanks to my peeps at Maunsell for giving this book to me :)) - it is located maybe 10 steps from our ryokan - we were starving and tired so didn't really want to wander too far away for food. This is our first experience with okonomiyaki and it is quite entertaining to watch. Usually it is a make-your-own affair at okonomiyaki restaurants, however since we've never done it before, we had it cooked for us. Basically, we were seated at a table with a big flat hot cooking plate in the middle of the table. We placed our orders (scallop and prawn okonomiyakis) and our food came out shortly after. Then the action started (photos are pretty self-explanatory):

It's pretty tasty (with all that seasoning, you'd at least hope that it is yummy!) but probably not so healthy for you. It certainly hit that hungry spot in our tummies!

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