Having to stay home all the time is driving most people crazy. But hey, it is better the devil you know than the one you don’t. While there is a lot of negativity hovering around during this period, people are coming up with a variety of things to do to keep the light of hope burning, and to keep boredom at bay. One of the most common new pastimes is cooking at home, where people whip up fanciful dishes that they normally would not make. Among the most intriguing and talked about are what have come to be known as “rice cooker recipes”.
Rice cooker recipes involve making food using just the trusty and mighty rice cooker. From mac and cheese to matcha cake to muah chee (glutinous rice balls), the rice cooker sure can cook lots of things other than rice! Often, the process is easy, where you leave the rice cooker to do its magic after putting in the ingredients — minimum effort for maximum taste.
In yet another rice cooker recipe, Japanese Twitter user Jika Jika has shown how you can make yourself a giant cheesy okonomiyaki! Okonomiyaki is a Japanese savoury pancake filled with cabbage, meat and literally anything you like, drizzled with a special okonomiyaki sauce, mayonnaise and aonori (dried green seaweed) flakes.
でっかいチーズinお好み焼き— じかじか (@1BbptGdEeWBR7MR) May 5, 2020
Apparently, this giant cheesy okonomiyaki is so easy to make that Jika Jika said there is no real recipe. It is similar to how you would grill on a pan, except this time you just pour the batter and ingredients into the rice cooker and press the “cook” button.
If you must have a recipe to follow, you can take these four simple steps:
Dab a piece of kitchen towel in oil and coat the rice cooker pot.
Prepare the okonomiyaki mix with your favourite ingredients in a bowl — you can follow the instructions on the okonomiyaki mix you bought.
Pour the mix into the pot and layer it with slices of cheese — we suggest using mozzarella for extra stretchiness!
Press the “cook” button like you would when cooking rice.
And voila! Once it is done cooking, you can use a tooth pick to check if the okonomiyaki is cooked through. If it is not, Jika Jika suggests pressing “cook” again for another cycle, which was what he did. After topping it off with the sauces and garnish, you will have a legit-looking okonomiyaki.
Look at that oozy, melted cheese as Jika Jika cuts the mouth-watering okonomiyaki apart. Don’t you want to make your own one now?