Cut out the core from the cabbage leaves. Roll 3-4 leaves and julienne. Julienne the core as well. Cut the ika-ten into bite sizes.
Mix the flour with 1.5 times the amount of water. The batter is quite runny, so that it'll easily spread on the pan.
Grease a pan with oil and reserve about 1/5 of Step 2's batter. Pour 4/5 of the batter to the pan and spread thinly into a 15-20 cm circle. It cooks quickly, so turn on the heat after pouring the batter.
Fry over medium to high heat and once the colour changes, sprinkle dried bonito flakes on top. Pile the cabbage, bean sprouts and ika-ten on top.
Season with salt and pepper and drizzle the rest of the batter from Step 2 (it works like glue).
Top with 3 to 4 sliced pork belly and steam-cook the cabbage. Using a spatula, prepare to flip the okonomiyaki.
Cover with another pan on top and flip over. If the ingredients spill out, stuff them back into the okonomiyaki. Press lightly and cook.
Meanwhile, heat oil in the first pan and fry the yakisoba noodles. Add water to loosen and add the half of the powdered flavour packet that came with the yakisoba.
Carefully remove the okonomiyaki from the pan and slide on top of the noodles (you don't need to flip over). Adjust the shape and fry further.
Heat oil in the empty pan and crack an egg. Break the egg yolk and spread into a 15 cm circle. Slide the okonomiyaki and noodles from Step 8 quickly onto the fried egg and press gently.
When the egg is cooked through, remove the okonomiyaki from the pan. Cover a plate on a pan and flip over. Serve.
Top with the okonomiyaki sauce, mayonnaise, aonori seaweed, red pickled ginger and chopped spring onions.
Story Behind this Recipe
Make Hiroshima-style okonomiyaki at home! I saw the website of a famous Okonomiyaki shop called "Michan," and I made my okonomiyaki following their recipe. I sometimes use an electric griddle, but it's a hassle to take out, so I used two pans instead. There are a lot of steps, but it's not complicated.
Keep the heat medium to high while cooking. Before flipping over at Step 7, place the sliced pork lengthwise on the okonomiyaki. If the shape collapses after flipping over, you can fix it easily. We use ika-ten snacks that are usually eaten with beer. If you make the yakisoba in advance and keep warm in medium heat, it will be easier!