Our hearty take to Japanese street food - Okonomiyaki.

A year and 8 months from the time we were placed in quarantine, from the time that we've heard that we will be on a lockdown, from the time many have started working from home, buying online and cooking dishes. Our story is one those many stories of corporate workers who are used to after shift casual eat-out and weekend travels, ended up working at home with MS teams as tambayan and catch-up venue. 

I can't remember how we even survived the past months of fear, stress, and uncertainties, all while trying to adopt to the new norm. All I know is here I am now, writing this new article on my blog, to document my thoughts and our new adventure hoping that all of you are well and safe and is there silently visiting my blog, reading my stories like before and if time permits randomly shooting short messages via fb messenger. 

I know! I've been working on so many adventure that were/are not travel related. I've done baking and pastries, tiktok (even) and cooking, but right now we've gone away from our comfort zone and went all out to start a business. Last October 21, 2021, we've open our first food venture, with no clue on how starting would look like and what to expect. Our small store is located at the 2nd floor of a grocery store in Pasig. 

We chose this place because, for one the rent is reasonable, and the stall is ready to use - which means less work and expense. Plus, we feel like it's a "parang tambayan lang", alfresco at chill kind of place where you can talk about anything and everything under the sun. We always love that kind of vibe in a place.

When we saw the place, I immediately thought about a combined concept of Yatai (mobile food stall), Yokucho (alleyway stores) and Izakaya (Pub). Combining all three, we have a small indoor stall, with a whole-in-the-wall counter, shared dining area with other stores in a casual alfresco set-up which is a very common vibe you get in Izakayas in Japan. 

The store was named after our favorite snack okonomiyaki - Okonomiyaki.ph. Okonomiyaki is a known street food in Japan, it is just starting to gain popularity in the Philippines. It literally means whatever you like ”okonomi” and grilled “yaki”. The main ingredients of Okonomiyaki are cabbage, flour, egg, pork or seafood. You can also add any ingredients to your likings as the name implies - “whatever you like”. All mixed into a batter then grilled on an iron plate. Its deep flavor has made it well-loved throughout Japan.

Our Okonomiyaki comes in seven flavors – Cheese, Bacon, Bacon & Cheese, seafood at Yakisoba. And since many of us loves burger, we also made an Okonomiyaki burger with our homemade beef and chicken burger patty.

It's been a month since we've open, the concept is, I think new and unknown to many. We are always getting asked about "Ano ang Okonomiyaki?" and "parehas lang ba ito sa Takoyaki?"
Takoyaki is so popular both in Japan and here in the Philippines. It literally means Octopus "tako" and grilled “yaki’, as the name implies, every ball of takoyaki have a small piece of octopus as its main ingredient. It uses a batter similar to Okonomiyaki. Unlike Okonomiyaki, it is grilled on a special iron plate with many round wells and shaped into round balls about 3-4 cm in diameter. For those who've asked we encourage them to try and tell us their thoughts :). So far we've got very positive responses from them and those complements and encouragement matters a lot.
Going back to this new adventure, we know it so well that this is not going to be easy but we believe that everything is possible in time. :) So we keep on dreaming, exploring and hopefully this story will be able to inspire aspiring entrepreneurs soon.

Living here the menu for your reference. :) Have a safe and healthy days ahead!

If our menu makes you crave, please drop by, say hi and perhaps grab a box or two of our Okonomiyaki. We also have juices to freshen you up, and gyudon! All at a very reasonable price! You may also order online via Facebook Page or instagram messenger.
🕚 Open from Tuesday-Sunday, 11am to 8pm.
💰Payments: Gcash, BPI, BDO, Visa or Mastercard via Paymongo
🏍️ Pick-up booking and fees via courier c/o customers.(lalamove, grab, mr Speedy)
📌 okonomiyaki.ph
2nd floor GMart Grocery - 321-B Eulogio Amang Rodriguez Ave., Manggahan, Pasig City.
NOTE : Recommended delivery distance is within 10klm radius. For areas further, message us for special instructions and handling. Hope to see you all around!!



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