As a historical past lesson, Iijima mentioned: “The creation of monjayaki supposedly occurred up to now when somebody tried to make and promote okonomiyaki – a well-liked snack that originated within the Kansai space – at a retailer for kids within the Kanto space, however failed as a result of he added in an excessive amount of soup inventory. Kids would then eat the monjayaki and, on the similar time, utilizing a tiny spatula, practise writing Japanese alphabets with the runny batter on the recent iron plate.”
Iijima recommends the eating places Kanoya in Asakusa, Okoge in Tsukishima and Kameari in Tokyo. “Tokyo is my hometown, and as a plus, the advisable eating places are in areas which are nice for sightseeing,” he mentioned. An order of monjayaki often prices lower than 1,000 yen.
Greater than a scrumptious meal or snack, monjayaki is a cultural and social occasion. “I’ve been consuming monjayaki since I used to be younger. Having fun with it with family members across the teppan may be very a lot a part of our Japanese tradition,” he mentioned.
“Monjayaki is eaten immediately from a teppan whereas it’s nonetheless scorching scorching, and the longer you grill the batter to your desire, the extra caramelised it’ll get. I believe its style can be acquainted to Singaporeans who like charred flavours.”