Updated: September 07, 2018
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Must Try Food in Tokyo: Monjayaki. Where To Have it

First and foremost, what is "monjayaki", this Tokyo version of okonomiyaki? And more importantly, how to eat it!

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What is Monjayaki?

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Monja, Japanese style pan-fried batter, is an example of Japanese comfort food, mainly eaten in the Kanto region. While it mainly consists of similar ingredients to okonomiyaki, such as shredded cabbage and flour, monja is runnier because of the fish broth (dashi) included. Some of the typical toppings for monja include, cod roe, seafood, and meat. After ordering, the waiter will bring a metal bowl filled with the ingredients and soup. Here is a how-to video that will guide you in making monja!

Step 1: Grill the Ingredients

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At a restaurant, the ingredients will be served to you in a bowl and it's up to you to mix it and cook it!

Once the grill is warmed up, pour some oil on the grill and spread the mixture using a spatula. Start frying the ingredients, while leaving the soup in the metal bowl.

Step 2: Create a Ring Shape

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Make a ring shape with the ingredients on the grill, creating a circle in the middle. Then, pour the soup left in the metal bowl little by little into the circle.

Step 3: Grill Until Surface Gets Slightly Burnt

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Leave the monja on the grill, while making sure the liquid in the middle is trapped. If the liquid does leak out from the other ingredients, use the spatula to push the liquid back.

Step 4: Put Other Toppings On the Monja

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If you ordered any other toppings such as cheese, it typically comes in another plate. This can be put on the monja for a finishing touch.

Step 5: Enjoy!

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Unlike other Japanese foods, people use a small spatula to eat the monja. You can use the spatula to peel off the monja stuck on the grill and cut out a small piece to eat.

Lastly...

Now that this particular food has piqued your interest, you're probably wondering where to try this delicious concoction!
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