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A Tale of Two Pies - Italian Pizza and Japanese Okonomiyaki

It's a little after 1am here in Dallas... and I am craving either Pizza or Okonomiyaki for dinner today at work. But have you ever wondered what the difference is between pizza and okonomiyaki is?

 


One of the main similarities between the two dishes is their use of dough as a base. Both pizza and okonomiyaki are made with a flat, circular dough that is cooked on a hot surface until it is crispy and golden. This provides a satisfying texture and a satisfyingly chewy bite.

Another similarity is the use of toppings. Both pizza and okonomiyaki can be topped with a wide variety of ingredients, such as meats, vegetables, and cheeses. This allows for endless possibilities when it comes to creating unique and delicious flavor combinations.


However, there are also some significant differences between the two dishes. For example, Italian pizza is typically made with tomato sauce and mozzarella cheese, while okonomiyaki is typically made with a savory pancake batter and topped with ingredients such as pork, shrimp, and vegetables. This gives okonomiyaki a more varied and complex flavor profile than pizza.


In addition, the cooking methods for the two dishes are different. Italian pizza is traditionally cooked in a wood-fired oven, which gives it a unique smoky flavor and a crispy crust. Okonomiyaki, on the other hand, is typically cooked on a griddle or a hot plate, which gives it a more evenly cooked and tender texture.


Overall, while Italian pizza and Japanese okonomiyaki have some similarities, they are also distinct dishes with their own unique flavors and cooking methods. Both are delicious in their own ways, and offer endless possibilities for creative and tasty topping combinations.

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