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Monjayaki (add cheese)

$15.00 Β· 6 Reviews

Came to try this unusual cuisine and concluded I don't like it. Gooey and not sure whether we should've let it cook longer. The crackers seem a fun touch, but it cheapened an already cheap-tasting food.

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I ate this for the first time today. Adding mochi gives it an interesting texture.
Oishi! It was delicious~~

Like a bbq-ed crepe crackling with pork bacon bits! The most intriguing part of this dish was it tasted best when left to charred! Yum yum πŸ‘… Get your scraper & get scraping to get all the crispy bits! Scrape-all-you-can, everyone! πŸ˜ŒπŸ˜ƒπŸ˜ƒπŸ˜πŸ˜

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This beautiful mess you see in front of you is monjyayaki, which is the wetter sibling of okonomiyaki. The batter is runny, and stays wet on the top, while the bottom will slowly form a crisp layer. If you like it a bit thicker, you can wait for it to cook a bit longer to give it more time to set. As with the okonomiyaki, I think the seafood is the best option along with cheese as a topping ($3) as it gives it more flavour, body and texture. A tiny metal spatula is provided so you can scrape and eat it directly off the grill. While delicious, I personally prefer okonomiyaki since its more substantial/filling than the monjyayaki. Either way, it still tastes good!

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Once our friendly Japanese staff gave us the much-anticipated β€˜ok’ sign, we promptly gathered around the hot grill plate armed with our cute mini-spatulas all ready to dig in. The best way to enjoy this sizzling mix monjayaki was obviously to eat directly off it!

The savory-sweet mixture of pork, squid and shrimp pressed down and spread thinly across the plate had it quickly crisping up on the bottom. Absolutely no regrets at all agreeing to the waitress’ suggestion to top up for cheese ($3) as that melty gooey goodness further enhanced the overall texture. Other top ups available include mochi, mentaiko and more.

Now, what’s the difference between Monjayaki and the more familiar Okonomiyaki? Monja uses more liquid ingredients and a softer batter while the Oko is drier, firmer and has a thicker stack of ingredients piled all together. The latter wins by appearance hands down but I was more impressed by the flavourful Monja here. Another one of my favourites was the Teppanyaki Squid ($15).

Seiwaa serves up authentic Japanese comfort food worth trying, though at a slightly hefty price tag (especially if you’re one who needs more carbs to be filled up).

Tip: Download the J Passport mobile app and get a complimentary Monjayaki with any Okonomiyaki purchased!

This may not look great, but it was so much fun and so tasty! It's ingredients are much like Okonomiyaki, with a base of shredded cabbage. It's first fried with Sakura ebi and beef cubes, before a well is made and a thick, saucy mixture is poured in the middle. Everything is mixed and spread flat on the hotplate. The cheese is then sprinkled on top and melts into the mix, while the bottom crisps up in a way that reminds you of crispy mee sua, orh luak, claypot rice and San lou beehoon all at the same time! You're given these cute little spoons to scrape and eat straight off the hotplate. Such fun, and a great new experience of a comfort food from Tokyo!

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