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How to turn ordinary cup noodles into okonomiyaki pancakes

Missing Japanese food? If you’ve got instant ramen at home, you can make this Japanese soul food in minutes

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Tabea Greuner
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If you’re anything like us, the last few months have involved a lot more instant ramen and ready-to-eat meals than sourdough starters and fancy onigiri. After a little while, though, we had to admit it was time to level up our cup ramen. Sure, there are plenty of online classes on cooking classic Japanese cuisine at home, but for those of us with less advanced cooking skills, Cup Noodle maker Nissin has released a simple recipe for express okonomiyaki with just a handful of ingredients.

Okonomiyaki is a staple of Japanese cuisine. There are numerous restaurants around the country where you can cook the savoury pancakes by yourself on a huge hot plate built into the table – it’s especially fun with a group of friends. However, if you would like to re-create this dish at home and you’re short on time or ingredients, then just grab a cup of (Nissin) instant noodles. By adding some pantry basics, you can turn your cup ramen into one of Japan’s most popular soul food items – and it only takes five minutes.

cup noodle okonomiyaki Nissin
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First of all, you’ll have to empty the cup and pour the contents into a plastic bag. Now, take a suitable kitchen tool, like a rolling pin, and smash the bag to break up the dry noodles. 

cup noodle okonomiyaki Nissin
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Once your instant noodles are sufficiently crushed, transfer them to a large bowl and mix in one egg, 80g of diced cabbage, three tablespoons of flour and 100ml of water. If your pack of instant noodles came with small bags of seasoning, don't forget to add these in as well.

cup noodle okonomiyaki Nissin
Photo: Cupnoodle_jp/Twitter

Prepare a heated frying pan with a little bit of oil and cook your batter on both sides until it takes on a golden brown colour.

cup noodle okonomiyaki Nissin
Photo: Cupnoodle_jp/Twitter

If your okonomiyaki looks like this, it’s ready for you to dig in. Bon appetit – or rather, itadakimasu!

For more fun and easy cup noodle recipes, visit Nissin’s official website. The instructions are all in Japanese but the pictures should give you the basics.

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