The FooDorama Challenge: I watch it, I try it!

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Jdorama Inspiration: Hana Kimi

Hana Kimi (short for Hanazakari no Kimitachi e) is a comedy that was shown in the summer season of 2007 on FujiTV (and in 2008 on our own Kapuso network).  It had 12 episodes plus one SP in 2008.  It is about Ashiya Mizuki (Horikita Maki) who disguised herself as a young boy so she could enroll in an all-boys school.  She stays in a dormitory and immediately gets into sorts of crazy trouble and gain friends at the same time while helping her roommate and classmate, Sano Izumi (Oguri Shun) get back into the sports of high jumping.

Hana Kimi is such a fun and hilarious comedy, it’s hard not to like it.  The character of Nakatsu Shuichi (played by Ikuta Toma) was THE life of the show – hands down!  I wouldn’t mind watching this drama over and over again just to see his crazy, show-stopping thought-monologues that only he can deliver.

I Heart Nakatsu!!!: Ikuta Toma was so perfect as the lovable, funnyman Nakatsu-chan (above left), it is hard to imagine anyone else playing the role.  Above right shows Shun and Toma all dressed up for the Maid Cafe scene in Episode 12; these two characters go so well together they should have gotten their own drama spin-off.

Jdorama Food: Okonomiyaki

Okonomiyaki is an easy Japanese recipe and fun to make.  It has been described as similar to pancake or pizza but for me I think it is more like an omelette where you just mix together your choice of ingredients and then fry it but using pancake batter.

The FooDorama Connection: Okonomiyaki was shown pretty much all through-out the whole drama since Nakatsu would often take Mizuki on a “date” in an okonomiyaki restaurant. Above pic is from the SP episode in what was supposedly a ‘flashback’ scene.

Nakatsu-san drizzling mayonnaise on his okonomiyaki.

My other favorite jdoramas that feature okonomiyaki are:

At Home Dad: In episode 10, the neighborhood moms (and one dad) were having an okonomiyaki party during their weekly get-together while they let their kids play.

Hana Yori Dango: In episode 8, the favorite food of the young Tsukasa Domyoji (above left) was okonomiyaki but his ‘rich-boy’ pride disallows him to buy one from the street vendors since he considers it ‘peasant food,’ so his older sister learned to make it for him at home.

And lastly in  Kekkon Dekinai Otoko: Eccentric architect, Shinsuke Kuwano (Hiroshi Abe) teaches Dr. Hayasaka Natsumi (Natsukawa Yui) the ‘art’ of making okonomiyaki; he unnecessarily makes a simple dish sound complicated, making his date feel a bit intimidated. Here is that preciously funny scene (sorry! it’s subbed only in French… but you’ll get the idea):

The FooDorama Challenge: Okonomiyaki Party at Home

Before I had the okonomiyaki party, I practiced first on my own, using left-over ingredients from the ref. The ingredients for okonomiyaki may be fresh according to recipe instructions but I prefer them to be pre-cooked so I won’t have to worry about over-cooking the batter or salmonella infection. Okonomiyaki is best cooked on a flat-surfaced pan but I only have a grooved type of griddle, nevertheless, it was ok.

So by the time I hosted an okonomiyaki party for Sis and family one Sunday afternoon, I was already somewhat of an ‘expert.’

In a bowl, I placed the basic ingredients of shredded cabbage and garlic chives. You can add any ingredient you want. I used pre-cooked pieces of pork and squid, crab sticks, cucumber, carrots, onions, and mixed them all up with one egg, 1/4 cup flour,  several teaspoons of water with a pinch of salt and pepper.  This makes one pancake (But if you prefer to make a big batch, you can use the ordinary pancake mix which I will do next time). Then I poured the batter on my hot electric griddle and let it cook on both sides.  It was that simple.

But what made it really fun and truly Japanese was the topped garnishing: aonori (seaweed flakes), Japanese mayo, and bonito flakes (which are fish shavings that move in the hot steam from the food). Okonomiyaki sauce is also used but I don’t have one so I used tonkatsu sauce instead. You can buy all these in a Japanese grocery store like Yamazaki in Little Tokyo, Makati.

Oki-Doki done! My Okonomiyaki for FDC#4.

I’m glad my guests like the okonomiyaki.  They found it deliciously different and so new that they don’t have anything to compare it with. But instead of a ‘make-your-own-okonomiyaki’ party that I had in mind, I ended up cooking the pancakes alone for all of them. Ewan ko nga ba... hmp! Mga tamad! haha! Anyway, I would go on making this recipe especially if I want to put some pizazz to unappetizing leftovers in the fridge, thereby my Okonomiyaki challenge deserves two thumbs up for FDC#4…

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UPDATE:  I continued making okonomiyaki. Above was my Seafood Okonomiyaki experiment for Holy Week 2010.

Next on The FooDorama Challenge:
FDC#5: Natto (Jdorama Inspiration: Yamato Nadeshiko Shichi Henge)
Previous FooDorama Challenges:
FDC #3: Shiruko (Jdorama Inspiration: Saigo no Yakosoku)
FDC #2: Takoyaki (Jdorama Inspiration: Gokusen)
FDC #1: Yakiniku (Jdorama Inspiration: Kekkon Dekinai Otoko)
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Okonomiyaki info source: wikipedia
Jdorama info source: dramawiki
Recipe source: beyondboulder
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