- 1/2 small head cabbage, very thinly sliced (1 pound or 5 to 6 cups shreds) which will be easiest on a mandoline if you have one
- 4 medium carrots, peeled into ribbons with a vegetable peeler
- 5 kale leaves, ribs removed, leaves cut into thin ribbons
- 4 scallions, thinly sliced on an angle
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
- 6 large eggs, lightly beaten
- Canola, safflower or peanut oil for frying
- 1/4 cup ketchup
- 1 1/2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce (note: this is not vegetarian)
- 1/4 teaspoon dijon mustard
- 1 tablespoon rice cooking wine or sake
- 1 teaspoon soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon honey (use 2 if you like a sweeter sauce)
- 1/8 teaspoon ground ginger
Make the pancakes
Toss cabbage, carrot, kale, scallions and salt together in a large bowl. Toss mixture with flour so it coats all of the vegetables. Stir in the eggs. Heat a large heavy skillet on medium-high heat. Coat the bottom with oil and heat that too.
To make a large pancake, add 1/4 of the vegetable mixture to the skillet, pressing it out into a 1/2- to 3/4-inch pancake. Gently press the pancake down flat. Cook until the edges beging to brown, about 3 minutes. 30 seconds to 1 minute later, flip the pancake with a large spatula. (If this is terrifying, you can first slide the pancake onto a plate, and, using potholders, reverse it back into the hot skillet.) Cook on the other side until the edges brown, and then again up to a minute more (you can peek to make sure the color is right underneath).
To make small pancakes, you can use tongs but I seriously find using my fingers and grabbing little piles, letting a little batter drip back into the bowl, and depositing them in piles on the skillet easier, to form 3 to 4 pancakes. Press down gently with a spatula to they flatten slightly, but no need to spread them much. Cook for 3 minutes, or until the edges brown. Flip the pancakes and cook them again until brown underneath.
Regardless of pancake size, you can keep them warm on a tray in the oven at 200 to 250 degrees until needed.
If desired, make okonomiyaki sauce
Combine all sauce ingredients in a small saucepan and let simmer for 3 to 5 minutes, until smooth and thick.