I was never a fan of Osaka style okonomiyaki despite living in Osaka for 6 months but when in Hiroshima, you’ve gotta eat like the locals. The difference between the two types is that the Osaka style has all the ingredients mixed together while the Hiroshima style layers the ingredients (it also contains soba noodles :D). I found out about Hasshou from reading Not Quite Nigella’s Hiroshima guide and it looked like the hole in the wall places that I love. Although after a bit of research these guys are quite famous – they are the first store in Okonomi-mura with a giant line snaking down the stairs (Okonomi-mura is a building full of stores that sell okonomiyaki and it is very touristy!).
I ordered the soba nikutama which started off with a thin pancake base that was layered with cabbage, bean sprouts and pork slices which results in this gigantic mound of food you see in the photo below. This was the point that I feared that there was too much food.
They then squash it all down with another pancake *phew* which makes it a bit less intimidating. They will then put it onto soba noodles and eggs; this is all topped with pepper and nori.
Hiroshima okonomiyaki is soooo good with it’s soft cabbage, bean sprouts, cooked pork slices that had some crispy bits and soba noodles. The pancake base also had some parts that were crispy too! So much flavour came from the okonomiyaki sauce that was brushed on top which went well with the unami flavour from the nori sprinkled on top.
Soba nikutama (¥864 Tax included)
I’ve been converted! My heart only has room for you Hiroshima style okonomiyaki. Would definitely love to come back and try it with udon noodles instead of soba. So much flavour and in hindsight C and I would need to share 1 okonomiyaki – it was so big with so much food that we didn’t even finish our own servings.
10-6 Yagenbori Naka-ku, Hiroshima, Hiroshima Prefecture, Japan