Monja-yaki, or simply monja is a food similar to okonomiyaki but the monja batter is a lot loser than the one of okonomiyaki. And the way it's cooked is completely different from okonomiyaki, other than the equipment you use. These are both cooked on a table-top grill using a spatulas.
The way to cook monja is very unique.
1. Scoop all the ingredients out from the bowl on a grill, leaving the batter in the bowl.
2. Cut mentaiko into small bits and stir-fry everything halfway using two large spatulas.
3. Once the ingredients are half cooked, form a donut with the ingredients.
4. Pour the batter in the center of the donut.
5. Mix everything well.
6. Spread it in a thin layer and wait for a while.
7. Once the bottom is slightly burned, scrape a small portion off from the grill using a small spatula called "hagashi" and eat directly from the grill.
8. Small bits of savory things all of your month, melted cheese, crispy burn.... HEAVEN !!
If you want to try monja, Tsukishima district is your go-to place. It's 30 minutes from TOKYO KITCHEN using Asakusa line and Oedo line. There is a street called "monja street" and the whole street is packed with monja & okonomiyaki restaurants. It is difficult to choose one but follow your instinct !
( My favorite is "Oshio おしお" if you really can't choose.)
Lastly, I have to confess. When I was a child, I hated monja because of its gross looks while it's being cooked. But I can assure you, once you start enjoining it, you will need to have it once a month !
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