Quest For Japan Logo-Ver7

Monjyayaki in Tsukishima

On my first visit to Tokyo we visited Tsukishima district famous for monjyayaki – it is so famous that there is a street filled with stores that serve this famous kanto specialty. So what exactly is monjyayaki or monjya as it is popularly known.


Monjyayaki or simple monjya is a type of Japanese pancake made from various ingredients cooked on a hot teppan grill. Monjyayaki they say started out as food served as a snack for children which originates from the Kanto region. It closely resembles an okonomiyaki which is from the kansai region but has a softer or has a much runnier texture when eaten. Another notable difference between okonomiyaki and monjyayaki is the manner at which they are eaten – the monjya is eaten right off the grill with a spatula. Monjya unlike okonomiyaki is a social meal – just like yakiniku where diners cook the dish at their table while enjoying a conversation with friends. The similarity of both dish reside on the most common ingredients used to prepare it – cabbage, eggs and a flour based batter. Even some of the toppings added to these two pancakes are very similar.

A typical monjyayaki restaurant table would have teppan grill and condiments on the side of the table which you could add to your monjyayaki. When our orders arrived being that it was our first time, the waiter was nice enough to demonstrate for us how to cook a monjya. Below are the steps on how to cook a monjya.

How to cook monjya.


Monjya – ready for cooking

  1. Heat the teppan/grill then add oil.

    Grill – pour oil


    Spread the oil evenly on the teppan grill using the spatula

  2. Add the dry ingredients only. Leave the batter mix in the bowl. Stir fry till dry ingredients are half cooked. Well actually you sort of mix and chop the dry ingredients.

    Pour dry ingredients


    Mix, Mince and fry dry ingredients


    Dry ingredients repeatedly mixed and minced

  3. When the dry ingredients are minced and almost cooked, create a crater or circle with it. Then pour inside the circle the batter mix. (Make sure the batter mix does not spill over the circle)

    create a doughnut shape out of the dry ingredients and pour the batter


    be careful not to spill the batter

  4. Let the batter simmer till it is a bit thick. When the batter has thicken, mix it well with the dry ingredients. Then let it cook for a few more minutes.

    Let the batter simmer


    Once batter has thickened, mix

  5. Once the batter has slightly a less runny texture and a crust has slightly formed at its base, the monjyayaki is ready.

    Eaten right off the grill using a small spatula


    You can also add toppings to your monjya

  6. Once you have completely consumed your first serving of monjya. Clean the teppan grill by scrapping off the batter that has stick into the grill with the spatula. Then repeat the steps.


    Scrape off the left over batter

Monjya for me was not really a stand out from the other Japanese famous foods. But if you happen to be in Tokyo, I strongly recommend you try this one of a kind cooking/eating experience. It might not look as appetizing but it is not that bad as it looks. I guess the best part about monjya is the experience – the chance to cook something fun with your friends coupled with great stories about your travels.

The following two tabs change content below.

Sponsored Links

  • Pocket
  • 1 follow us in feedly

Related Article/s:


Gaijin Chronicles : Mikan and Japanese Gift Giving Etiquette

Early autumn of 2012, my friends and I went to Kuroisan Green Park in Setouchi-shi, Okayama for mikan harvesting.  Mikan, according to its Wikipedia entry, is a sweet,  seedless,  and easy-peeling citrus species about the size of mandarin oranges but smaller than an orange. For a fee of 700 yen, we were led to the orchard […]

Read Article


Takahashi in Okayama, Japan -Part 1-

If you go to the Fukiya village by public transport, you need to go to Takahashi, which is also a lovely place to visit. There are old samurai residences, a temple with Japanese garden, and above all, a castle on the mountain. The name of the city is “Takahashi”, but the train station is “Bicchuu […]

Read Article


Visiting Hokuei – The Birthplace of Detective Conan

One of the longest running manga and anime today is Meitantei Conan (lit. Great Detective Conan) or known as Case Closed in the West. To date, the manga has more than 80 volumes and the anime has more than 700 episodes. For those who are not familiar with it, it is about highschool detective who […]

Read Article


Shio Ramen; How to taste & enjoy it.

[Noodle Name] Shio (“salt”) Ramen [Noodle Type] Ramen [Noodle Variation] Soup Style [Noodle Flavor] Shio (Salt base)   [Feature of Shio Ramen] Shio Ramen  is one of the Japanese noodle soup dish. It made with plenty of salt based flavor and any combination of chicken, vegetables, fish, and seaweed. In many cases, the soup of Shio ramen does not boil. […]

Read Article


Going Green: Maishima Incineration Plant

Can you guess what this building is? I guess most people would guess that it’s a theme park being so closely located to Universal Studios Japan. Don’t worry you’re not the only one deceived by how it looks. Many tourist and locals alike in the city of Osaka mistake this building as a theme park […]

Read Article


I Love Konbini: Amazing Technology of Onigiri (Rice Ball)

I sometimes eat onigiri of konbini for lunch or snack. There is a lot of variety of onigiri to choose from and it’s really delicious. Japanese really likes onigiri.The reason is we, Japanese, have been eating this food since childhood. This time, I’ll be introducing “Konbini Onigiri”. Inexpensive One of the good points of konbini […]

Read Article


Fuji-san (富士山): Japan’s Highest Mountain

There are many beautiful places you could go for a visit or sightseeing all over Japan. Almost every prefecture has developed and maintained some historical, cultural or natural spots not only for tourists but also for the Japanese people to visit with. One of the places people usually love to do sightseeing is the very […]

Read Article

Fukuyama Rose Festival

“Love planted a rose, and the world turned sweet”. — Katharine Lee Bates Who doesn’t love roses? Especially among the ladies, roses have a very sweet spot in our hearts. Even just a single stem of a red rose could evoke a whole lot of emotions. Fukuyama City, Hiroshima – Japan’s City of Roses For rose […]

Read Article

Doctor Yellow

Doctor Yellow – A Special Shinkansen (Bullet Train): What’s so great about it?

Shinkansen (bullet train) is usually color white in Japan. But you can see a yellow one on rare occasions. It is called “Doctor Yellow”.   Doctor Yellow is a special vehicle whose role is to check any problems on the equipments of shinkasen. Because it’s so rare, Doctor Yellow is very popular and there is […]

Read Article

Dazaifu 01

Go west : Dazaifu in Fukuoka – General Info

Dazaifu is very popular place for its shrine among Japanese people, especially students taking an exams. (I’ll tell you the reason in another post.) Historically, it’s also known as a government organisation to control Kyushu area in the old times. General Information “Dazaifu” – The organisation The original organisation is supposed to be located in […]

Read Article

Sponsored Links

Leave a Reply

Sponsored Links

  • Google+