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 with wheat flour batter. 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 will talk about the difference between Monjayaki and Okonomiyaki.

Wheat Flour Batter

Monjayaki BatterMonjayaki Making

Generally, the batter 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 batter is usually made with wheat flour, grated yam, eggs and water, so it is plain in taste and close to pancake batter.


Okonomiyaki Ingredients

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

Eating MonjayakiEating Monjayaki

Monjayaki is cooked on an iron griddle mixing its watery flour batter 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 with the flour batter. The batter mixture is cooked in almost the same way as pancakes.

When Okonomiyaki batter is cooked through, it is served on a plate, to the diner one by one.


Okonomiyaki Pancake with Okonomiyaki Sauce and MayoOkonomiyaki pancake with Okonomiyaki sauce and Mayonnaise

Since Monjayaki flour batter 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 batter 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.

(Reference pages : Wikipedia もんじゃ焼き, お好み焼き )


Hi, I'm Tomo, a Japanese blogger living in Niigata Prefecture, Japan. I want to introduce things about Japan on this blog, especially unique Japanese products, cooking recipes, cultures and trivia.

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