Monjayaki vs Okonomiyaki : The Difference between the 2 Teppanyaki
“Monjayaki (もんじゃ焼き)” and “Okonomiyaki (お好み焼き)” are similar dishes consisting of various ingredients mixed in wheat flour dough. They are both cooked on an iron plate “Teppan (鉄板)” and categorized as “Teppanyaki (鉄板焼き)“.
Okonomiyaki is popular compared to Monjayaki and enjoyed even at home in Japan. As for Monjayaki, you can enjoy it at Okonomiyaki restaurants and some Dagashiya.
The Difference between Monjayaki and Okonomiyaki
By the way, do you know how Monjayaki is different from Okonomiyaki pancakes? For those who don’t know much about the Japanese food, today I want to talk about the difference between Monjayaki and Okonomiyaki.
Wheat Flour Dough
Generally, the dough of Monjayaki is made mixing wheat flour with Worcester sauce and “Dashi (出汁)” soup stock, so it is watery and runny.
On the other hand, Okonomiyaki dough is usually made with wheat flour, grated yam, eggs and water, so it is plain in taste and close to pancake dough.
Typical ingredients of Monjayaki include finely cut cabbage, Beni Shoga pickled red ginger, Agedama tempura bits, Aonori dried powdered seaweed, bite-sized squid meat, sakura shrimps, Mentaiko roe, bite-sized Mochi rice cake, and processed cheese.
Although the ingredient for Okonomiyaki pancakes is almost the same as that of Monjayaki, a wider variety of foods can be used for Okonomiyaki, such as pork belly slices, bean sprouts, beef tendon, kimchi, and noodles.
Making and Eating Manner
Monjayaki is cooked on an iron griddle mixing its watery flour dough with ingredients. Basically, one Monjayaki cake is eaten together with some diners. They enjoy crispy bits and ingredients directly from the grill using a small iron spatula.
Regarding Okonomiyaki, prior to cooking, ingredients, except raw meat and so on, are often mixed in the flour dough. The dough mixture is cooked in almost the same way as pancakes.
When Okonomiyaki dough is cooked through, it is served on a plate, to the diner one by one.
Okonomiyaki Pancake with Okonomiyaki Sauce and Mayo
Since Monjayaki flour dough is seasoned mainly with Worcestershire sauce before cooking, there is no additional sauce for Monjayaki.
As for Okonomiyaki, generally Okonomiyaki sauce and mayonnaise are applied on the pancake after the flour dough is cooked through.
Okonomiyaki sauce is similar to Worcester sauce, though, it is thick, rich and sweet as the Japanese sauce is made with various vegetables and fruits.