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by Jonathan Phoon (subscribe)
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Published September 24th 2014
Cook your own Okonomiyaki and Yakisoba
Sometaro Restaurant is a cook your own Okonomiyaki and Yakisoba place at Asakusa. We had a hard time locating this restaurant because its English name was not displayed and it looks like a residential place. A very kind Japanese lady helped us find it by getting on her phone to ask her friend for directions to the Okonomiyaki place. It's located on the side street that runs between the Drum Museum and Police Station, next to British Pub & Brewery.

Sometaro, Tokyo
Sometaro Entrance


Okonomiyaki is a Japanese savoury pancake. There are many variations but the common ingredients of the batter are flour, water and cabbage. We cook them at home topped with thin slices of pork, which taste like bacon when cooked (without the salt). After the pancakes are fried, we topped them with Okonomiyaki sauce, Japanese mayonnaise and bonito flakes. It's always fun watching the bonito flakes curl. We were interested to see how 'authentic' our home-made Okonomiyaki are and were pleased to note that they are pretty close.

Okonomiyaki, Tokyo
Cooking Okonomiyaki


The lunch only cost us 2850 yen for four persons. We had a normal Okonomiyaki, an Okonomiyaki with soba noodles and eggs, Yakisoba and Red Bean Pancake.

The normal Okonomiyaki was perfectly cooked and had a lovely texture from the cabbage and the various other ingredients. It was complemented nicely with the Okonomiyaki sauce and Japanese mayonnaise provided to pour over the Okonomiyaki.

Okonomiyaki, Tokyo
Okonomiyaki


Like the normal Okonomiyaki, the one with soba noodles and eggs was also perfectly cooked, with the soba noodles and eggs adding an extra dimension of flavour.

Okonomiyaki with soba noodles and egg, Tokyo
Okonomiyaki with soba noodles and egg


The Yakisoba had the right amount of seasoning, set off nicely by the cabbage, bean sprouts and pork that were cooked with it.

Yakisoba, Tokyo
Yakisoba


Red Bean Pancake consists of a thin pancake rolled around a red bean filling while it was cooking. The lady had an interesting way of spreading the red bean filling on the pancake. The thickness of the pancake was just right and the red bean filling was soft without been too sweet.

Red Bean Pancake, Tokyo
Cooking Red Bean Pancake


Red Bean Pancake, Tokyo
Red Bean Pancake


Although a bit difficult to find, the effort is well worth it for the experience of cooking and tasting the cheap and delicious Okonomiyaki.
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When: noon-10pm
Phone: 81-03-38449502
Where: 2-2-2 Nishi, Asakusa, Tokyo
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