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Japanese cabbage pancake with macadamia tonkatsu sauce

You can prepare these delicious pancakes, also known as ‘Okonomiyaki’, as a casual weeknight meal or as part of a banquet. The macadamias add texture to the toppings and a delicious complexity to the traditional tonkatsu sauce. They also add protein, making it a complete meal for vegetarians.
Servings 4
Course Light Meal
Preference Dairy Free, Vegetarian
Perfect for Midweek Meal
Skill level Easy


Tonkatsu sauce (makes 1 cup)

  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tbsp tomato sauce ketchup
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1/3 cup macadamias roasted
  • 1 tbsp mirin
  • 3 tbsp caster sugar
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard

Cabbage pancake

  • 1 cup plain flour
  • 4 eggs lightly whisked
  • 125 ml water
  • 1 tsp dashi powder optional
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 300 g (about ¼ small) cabbage very finely shredded
  • 4 spring onions finely sliced
  • 1 tbsp ginger finely grated
  • 2 tbsp canola oil

To serve

  • 1/2 cup Japanese style mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup pickled ginger
  • 1/2 cup macadamias chopped and roasted
  • 2 sheets nori seaweed paper finely chopped


Tonkatsu sauce

  • Combine all ingredients in the bowl of a food processor and process until smooth. Set aside.

Cabbage pancake

  • Sift the flour into a large bowl. Make a well in the centre and add the eggs, water, optional dashi powder and salt and whisk to make a smooth batter. Using a spoon, stir through the cabbage, spring onions and grated ginger. Heat a quarter of the oil in a frying pan over a medium heat and spoon in a quarter of the mixture. Cook until the edges have cooked a little and the pancake is golden on the bottom. Gently flip the pancake and cook the other side over a medium heat until golden and cooked through. Keep warm while repeating with the remaining mixture.
  • Slide the pancake onto a serving plate. Drizzle generously with tonkatsu sauce and mayonnaise and sprinkle with pickled ginger, chopped macadamias and nori seaweed. Serve immediately.


Calories: 717kcalCarbohydrates: 49gProtein: 14gFat: 54gSaturated Fat: 9gPolyunsaturated Fat: 16gMonounsaturated Fat: 27gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 175mgSodium: 1167mgPotassium: 505mgFiber: 6gSugar: 16gVitamin A: 537IUVitamin C: 32mgCalcium: 107mgIron: 4mg

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