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Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Our Christmas this year (2014)

I can't believe that we are a day from the end of the year!

This year has gone by even faster than the previous year!

I'm so thankful to have my little family that I love and an extended family with grandparents and a sister-in-law who care for us!

There are 2 public holidays over Christmas in Germany - the 25th and 26th.

In the past, we would spend all 3 days from 24th to 26th December with the entire Tews clan - ok, there's only 3 other family members, so that's not exactly a "clan" but you get the idea.

For the past 9 Christmases since 2006 (when I relocated to Germany), we always had a guest(s) over for Christmas.

It all started with my Brazilian classmate, a 50-year old guy who stayed on in Germany after the World Cup to learn German and reorientate his life.

I felt that it would be a pity if he had to celebrate Christmas alone in a foreign city so I invited him over to join Christmas with the Tews family - after consulting my in-laws of course.

Since then, we somehow always had a visitor over Christmas. At its peak, we had 5 Singaporeans and 4 Germans at the dinner table before!

This year was the first year since I got married into the family, that we actually had Christmas just by ourselves.

It was so cozy! And small! And very relaxed!

And it was our first Christmas at our new place!! Such a blessing! We love our house! 

On Christmas eve, we went to church in the afternoon for the traditional nativity play. I actually sat on the floor with Gabriel right in front of the stage since that boy insisted on marching all the way to the front! And oh boy, was he enthralled by the play, music and all the sound effects! I hope he understood the Christmas message of Jesus' birth too!

We went home by 6pm and got ready for raclette with the extended family. Dinner was ready by around 7pm and we all feasted on scallops, prawns and a couple of servings of melted raclette cheese on cold cuts of meat.

We also decided to cut down on presents this year.

The kids only got presents from us and little gifts from their grandparents. I made a personalized photo calendar for my family and in return, we got some home-made jam. There was some money which we have put aside.

I'm all about not buying stuff for the sake of having presents because it's such clutter! We don't have unlimited space at home and neither do we want to transform our living space into a mini playhouse. So we have to be pretty selective about what we buy for our kids.

And to be honest, I didn't have a lot of toys growing up. One learns to be creative and find different ways to play with the same toys. Or one makes toys! I remember transforming the bottom of my study table to a little grocery store!

I'm still trying to figure out how I want to be able to bless my kids with presents but not raise them up to think they should be entitled to everything. Such a delicate balance!

We got Sammy a remote-controlled toy car and Gabriel got a Brio engine which he can now use on his Ikea train tracks.

Seriously Gabriel was actually shocked that the train could move by itself! He was actually a bit scared at first! Like "How can this be?! My train is alive!" I wish I took a video of it!

It was such a lovely Christmas. We hope you had a great one too, filled with joy and being surrounded by those you love.

Above all, we thank the Lord for sending Jesus in the form of a baby for the salvation of mankind. He truly is the reason for the season.

 Our first Christmas tree in the new house!

Gabe was so hungry, he was the first to eat!

Raclett - basically you BBQ either on the hot stone / grill or you make your little pizza with toppings and raclette cheese


In his new pullover before he removed it cos the living room got so warm

LOVE his "caught-in-the-act" expression!

The happy guests

Still looked like we had a lot of presents huh!
A couple of the snail mail Christmas cards we received!

Sam went straight for his present from us!

It's so nice that Sam is at an age where he understands the concept of presents
Before he went crazy with his toy car

 Gabe needed a bit of convincing to open his present and when it was opened, he was too skeptical to take it!


We gave my Mom-in-law her first Chinese wok
Doing the obligatory pose next to our tree

That's what babies are for! Endless snuggles! Ahhh... Gabe still has his very delicious baby smell!

He has a thing for necklaces! As a matter of fact, he broke mine (and I had to repair it) that evening!


Friday, December 26, 2014

Turning 32 - Most relaxing one ever!

December is always such a crazy month for me / us.

On top of the usual Christmas shopping, I have my birthday and hubby has a lot of company Christmas functions. That meant a lot of late nights for him, which translated to full-work days for me.

I can't tell you how much of a difference it makes when the hub comes home for dinner. I have an extra pair of hands and everything just seems so much easier - even if its just psychologically. Hah.

This year, I was quite torn about how to celebrate my birthday. In Germany, nobody celebrates their birthday in advance. So it wouldn't even be an option for me to celebrate my birthday 2 days before the actual day on a Saturday / Sunday. Argh.

The following weekend would have been the 4th advent so everybody's usually crazy busy and that Saturday also happened to be the birthday of a close friend of mine.

The long and short story of it is that unlike other years, I didn't have any official birthday celebratio.

The original plan was to go to Strasbourg with the kids on my birthday, since hubby took half a day off work. The Christmas market there is awesome and I would get to indulge in my Japanese food again.

BUT one day before my birthday, I checked the weather forecast and it predicted rain. *doh!*

Rain + kids + outdoors in a French city = Recipe for disaster

That's when I threw all plans out of the window. I knew two of my girlfriends were free, so I asked them over. My neighbor and her kid were free too so a birthday brunch it was!

It was a very simple affair. Just 3 women, 3 kids (Sam was at preschool) and 1 guy.

BEST.time.ever!

We chit-chatted, the kids played, they sang me the birthday song and I got a little present - which was completely unexpected either.

My chocolate cheese cake which hubby bought (2 candles for "32". Get it?)
Little P. all grown up and 1 year old already!

Lovely A


My lovely sweeties could wait to sink their teeth into the cake


My friends left early afternoon, while my kids went down for their naps.

When they woke up, we decided to go to an indoor water park (Fildorado) with my neighbor and her kid, just 10 minutes from my house.

It had a baby pool, regular pool, a wave pool, 3 slides and even a thermal pool outdoors! Awesome! The entire facility was so well-kept and clean, it was such a pleasure to bring our kids for their little outing!

The kids had a blast! Hubby went down the huge water slides with both boys and while Sammy is all "Yeah, let's do it again!", Gabriel was more reserved and shell-shocked than anything.

There was even a very steep slide that stopped in mid-air such that one flies through the air to land on another slide. Crazy awesome! And yes, I did go down that slide too! Without the kids of course! It was the best adrenalin-rush in a swimming pool I've ever had! My heart felt like it was going to pop out of my body when I landed at the bottom! 

Everybody had a superb time and the kids were knackered. I would have loved to say that the kids slept like a rock, but hmmm.... let's just say they must have been dreaming about the water slides, because both Sammy and Gabriel had pretty restless sleeps. Hee hee.

And that's not all!

Because my in-laws weren't available to babysit the kids on my actual birthday, they actually babysat the kids on the weekend so hubby and I could spend some time together!

We actually went for a movie date on Saturday, where I basically had to endure through the "Hobbit" because the screen was pretty large and somehow I had the mother of all headaches. I don't know if its because of all the fighting scenes or the fact that I had to focus on a German movie, but the movie was a pain to watch. It was good to have caught the last part of the trilogy though, since we watched the first two parts and hubby is a huge LOTR fan.

We shopped for a bit before our dinner reservation at 7.30pm at a wonderfully posh and fantastic Italian restaurant, OGGI. 

I'm not used to having 2 - hour meals anymore but oh boy. Have I missed this! Hub and I had a hard time not talking about work or kids though! What did we use to talk about on date nights?

At my suggestion, we talked about 3 qualities we liked about each other and at some point in time during the dinner date, the conversation drifted back to about our kids and all their funny antics!


 We actually had time to savor our wines! 

Mixed salad for me as a starter (5€)

First main course - Pasta with fresh parmesan and truffles. BEST pasta ever! Still salivating over it! (15€)

Hub had some ragout with veal (forgot the price. Maybe 15€?)
 
2nd main course - Grilled fish platter. Grilled to perfection and freshest seafood. But very pricey for a baby portion (26€)

Perennial fave - Tiramisu (5€). It's ok, lacking the omph.
Panna Cotta (6€) - This one totally made the cut. Great texture and softness complimented with a raspberry topping.

And the best part?

That was not all!

On Sunday, we went for our 1.5-hour Thai-mix-oil massage at Thai Jasmin. This place has by now become our signature indulgence whenever we have a special occasion to celebrate! Hmmm... actually that means birthdays and our wedding anniversary.

Felt sooo blessed!

It was like a birthday weekend actually! No party, no stress, no present galore but I wouldn't have it any other way! It was so relaxing, hub and I had some time to reconnect and I could celebrate my special day with family and close friends. Oh and of course all the birthday wishes on FB, Whatsapp, phone calls, did make me feel extra special.

I think as one grows older, one just want to focus on the things that really matter. And less is certainly more.

Thank you dear Werner and Anita for taking the kids for so long so hub and I could have a lovely birthday weekend. We are very grateful for you both! 

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Dear Gabriel - 17 months

Oh man. I'm so behind with my updates on the boys. So I shall start with Gabriel first!

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Dear Gabriel!

You little cheeky-cute-LOUD-crazy-stubborn little bugger. You light up our lives! We love you to bits!

You have started shaking your head at us. Whenever we ask you for a kiss, you would either oblige or proceed to shake your head vigorously from side to side and play hard to get. It's really funny and kinna sweet in a way that makes us treasure your kisses even more, since you don't always lavish them on us!

You're understanding so much more these days. You've started responding to simple commands like "sit", "stand", "lift up your hands"or "stop". Whenever we pray at mealtimes or after reading the Bible, you would clasp your hands together.

Other than the words "Papa" and "Mama", which you say randomly with no particular reference to Daddy or I, you don't really enunciate anything understandable yet. But you seem to enjoy engaging us in a conversation ALL the time! With your own words. You would string together syllabuses that actually sounds like a proper language on its own.

Last month saw you having a real bad case of stomach flu. Your big brother apparently caught it from his preschool and passed it to you. But unlike your brother who got away with a mild case of diarrhea, you my baby, had the whole shebang (as what your Daddy would say).

You woke up one morning by puking. All over my bed, your clothes and my clothes. Mummy had to wash you, change you and change the bedsheets. And just when I was done, you puked all over again. And that cycle repeated itself at least 4 times in a span of 2 hours!

When the puking was over after one day, the diarrhea started. It was SO bad.

Daddy caught the bug a few days later and Mummy unfortunately too. But the good thing is that unlike in your case, which took you 4 days to recover, Daddy and Mummy recovered after 2 days.

You are so very cuddly and huggy. That's one thing we really love and cherish about you. While you don't take easily to strangers, for people whom you are familiar with, you would just walk up to them and give them the biggest, fattest, bear hugs of all!

Everybody's who's been on the receiving end of your bear hugs is so blown away by your affectionate nature!

You're still a Mummy's boy! For places that you're unfamiliar with, you would take Mummy's hand and pull me in the direction where you'd want to walk

This is such a cool thing for me because your big brother never did that! He would just run wherever he wanted whether or not Mummy was behind him. I'm so thankful that you would keep an eye out for Mummy! Yay! 

Your appetite continues to be great! The one amusing thing about your eating patterns is that you have a tendency to stuff huge chunks of food into your mouth. Instead of biting off smaller, more manageable chunks of food, you would rather use your hands to stuff food into your mouth!

You continue to co-sleep with Mummy and Daddy and usually sleep through the night. There are times when you wake up crying but you would usually be able to put yourself back to bed. We're still trying to figure out how and when we should transit you to share a room with your big brother since you wake up much later than your big brother does for his preschool.

You've adjusted well to not having your big brother home in the mornings. It was a bit sad the first few mornings when your constant playmate was gone. But now mornings are spent bonding just you and me.

Time with your brother is like a double-edged sword. On one hand, you absolutely adore your older brother and having a constant playmate as evidenced from how well you both play together. On the other side, you and your brother do get on each other's nerves, such that the house is a whole lot less peaceful once your brother comes back from preschool.

The good times more than overweigh the bad though. I still think that boys' fights are better than girls' fights - speaking from experience.

You would simply follow me around the house running errands. Usually we don't have much time to do anything special until we have to pick your brother up around noon, but we've managed to go to town, the gym and playgroups on Mondays whenever we get out of the house early enough. It's actually fun going to town with a kiddo who's still happy sitting in his stroller for long stretches of time.

We can't believe that we'll be bringing you on your maiden flight to Singapore in less than one month's time! Mummy can't wait to introduce you to my family in Singapore and everybody can't wait to see and carry you in real life!

Most of the time, when Mummy looks at you, I just feel like I'm looking at myself in the mirror. You're very much a carbon copy of Mummy, right down to my stubborn nature. We pray that the Lord will use your strong personality for His glory. You're one truly determined soul who knows who he wants. May you always be able to differentiate right from wrong and make wise decisions even at an early age.

We love you little one!
Mummy & Daddy

Maxing out the cute factor with your winter cap
The only photo I can capture of Gabriel in his snow suit

Loving the colors of autumn!
Best brothers forever. This pix essentially captures the essence of having both boys in my life

Tuesday, December 02, 2014

Katsudon (Meat cutlets with egg and onions)


Oops I did it again!

Feel so proud of myself!

Don't mind my egocentrism. This is my blog afterall. Let me engage in some *pat pat* because it's not everyday that I have the time nor energy to experiment in the kitchen.

But a couple of weeks ago, I finally got down to trying this recipe!!!

And it was a huge success!!!! Tasted EXACTLY like in the restaurant! And it wasn't as hard as I had feared to cook!!! Ok, it was a bit tedious and our kitchen looked like a bomb exploded after that but it was sooo worth it!

My boys loved it and I even ate two portions! - Over two days of course!

This is a very typical Japanese homecooked meal and one can find it in most Japanese restaurants. It's similar to German schnitzels but instead of using regular breadcrumbs, most recipes call for "Panko" - Japanese breadcrumbs. The crumbs are larger and more crispy when one deep-fries it. I have not tried baking the cutlets in the oven although I have heard that this method works well too. 

The main tedious thing about this dish is the deep-frying of the cutlets as well as the fact that you'd have to assemble each portion individually. Other than that, it's quite manageable.

I wouldn't attempt to do it on weekdays though, due to the fact that I usually cook dinner with 2 kids running around me. But it's definitely a great meal for the weekend.

Do try it and let me know how you find it!

Ingredients (A) (about 6 servings):-

- 1 kg Turkey fillet  / Chicken fillet / Pork loins  (Schweinhals) (sliced thinly)
- Some onions (sliced thinly)
- 2 Eggs  (beaten for cutlet)
- 1 Egg (beaten for sauce)
- Panko crumbs
- Seaweed for garnishing

Sauce for 2 portions (B):

- 3 tsp Mirin
- 4 tsp Soya Sauce 
- 1 tsp Sake (optional)
- 3 tsp Sugar
- 1 tsp Dashi (soup stock powder)

1. Prepare the cutlets but slicing them thinly and seasoning with salt and pepper on both sides.

2. Coat them in flour, followed by some egg and some panko. Set aside.

2. Heat up some oil over high heat. Test the oil by dropping one piece of panko into the oil. It sound sizzle and float to the surface quickly.

3. Turn down the heat to medium-high and place the cutlets in the oil for about 2-3 minutes on each side until cooked thoroughly and golden brown.

4. Remove the cutlets and slice the cutlets such that the pieces are still connected a bit on one side. This is to ensure that the cutlets are more manageable for the next step.

5. Prepare the sauce by mixing all the ingredients (B) together in a bowl.

6. Boil 350 grams of water in a pot. Once water is boiling, add ingredients (B) and stir in onion.

7. Cover for about 2 minutes while the mixture boils.

8. Add cutlet into the mixture. 

9. Drizzle beaten egg over mixture and cover for 30seconds to 1 minute depending on how well you want your eggs done.

10. Serve some steamed rice in a bowl topped with the cutlets and garnished with some chopped seaweed.

Cook's notes: 

- If this is the first time you're doing this, I would advise you to take a look at a video first. This would give you a gauge of what to expect. Katsudon recipe on video

- My children preferred the chicken meat because it's more tender and easier to chew compared to pork. Turkey works well too. 

- Remember to cook your rice in advance because this dish requires the rice to be done by the time the cutlet is done. You wouldn't want your cutlet to be sitting too long in the sauce either because you want your meat crispy but not soggy.


Enjoy!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

To BE THERE

I know every Mom has her own reasons for staying at home with her kids or going back to work.

For me, my main and actually only reason for staying at home is just so that I can BE THERE. 

Be there to be the one to wake up with my kids and give them breakfast.

Be there to pick Sammy up from Kindergarten

Be there to give them their lunch and clean up after their mess.

Be there to put them down for their naps.

Be there to bring them out when the weather is nice.

Be there to witness every.single.milestone.FIRST-HAND.

Not through some word of mouth testimony of a nanny, or a grandmother, or a caregiver.

But to actually be able to see, laugh and cry over every single moment.

Having Sammy in preschool now, I realized that my time with Gabriel is limited! Sure, I'll be able to pick him up after preschool but that's like half the day gone! I won't have him around me 24/7. Makes me sad to even think about it now!

Before I had kids, I could never really relate to these little creatures. I always knew I wanted to have kids, but for other peoples' kids, I was always a bit petrified to carry a baby, let alone babysit one. I always thought, "Oh man, if something happens to this kid while in my care, there is no way I could 'replace' this kid!".

But then I become a Mom and things changed.

Oh how they have changed!

I won't say something cheesy like "The old has gone and the new has come".

But on some days, I do feel that!

I do so enjoy being a Mom. SO MUCH.

I don't actually think I found a job that I enjoyed more than being a Mom.

Perhaps that's why the decision to be a SAHM always came easily for me.

You know how they say to find something that you're passionate about and just do it?

I found the thing that I'm passionate about.

And during this season of my life, I do find myself wishing that time will freeze.

And you know how when you found a job that you love, and you know that you're good at, you just don't want things to change?

That's where I am right now.

I love being a Mom to a 16 month old and a 3 year old. 

So cherish the moment is what I shall do.

I'll cherish each day that my little one still allows me to kiss him without turning his cheek away. I'll cherish each day Sammy runs to me at the door when he sees me pick him up at preschool.

Live the present. Enjoy it for what it is.

A gift.




This video my friends, is living proof of why I need no other reason to show me that I won't regret being a SAHM to my children.

(Disclaimer: This entry was written for my own personal documentation of my life right now. In no way do I intend this post to be used to guilt-trap any Mom who has decided to rejoin the workforce for whatever reason she has. The war of SAHM-vs-working Mom has been waged for far too long. Every Mom does what she deems best for her kids.

If you have gone back to work, be the best working Mom you can be. You will know and figure out the best way for your kids. Go to work if that fulfills you and you know that you make a difference in what you do. But don't go to work because you think an institution / another person can take better care of your kid than you. God has given your kid to YOU, He will equip you with everything you need for this season of your life.

If you're a SAHM, be the best SAHM for your kids and don't feel guilty about not providing income for the family. You are investing in the lives of your kids full-time. Time with your kids is something that no amount of money can buy. That's service that the Lord sees and He will reward one day.

Guilt, at the end of the day, does not come from the Lord.)

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Holiday in 2 more months! - Singapore & Bali!

Pardon me for my long silence again.

I think blogging is like exercise. It gets easier once one has a certain routine. But once I stop, it's soo hard to get my engine restarted! Argh!

So much has happened since my last update ....but the most important thing is that ....

We're going to Singapore!

This is going to be the first time that we will travel long-haul as a family of 4. It would also be Gabriel's maiden flight, so we're pretty nervous excited about how he will fare!

Sammy is usually a great traveller but this time he will also have his own seat and entertainment system. He hardly gets to watch TV at home and doesn't own any electronic gadget so I'm pretty sure that guy will knock himself out with all his multimedia options!

Have I mentioned how much I love flying my beloved Singapore airlines? Call me weird, but one of the things I super look forward to flying SQ is to get hold of a copy of the Straits Times! I love love love reading the national newspaper and getting hold of it on the plane is akin to being in Singapore! Oh and I'm going to hear so much Singlish on the plane oredi! And of course since the air-stewards and stewardesses are probably going to be Singaporeans, I'm going to enter the aircraft and think "I'M HOME!"

Ok, you can tell how deprived I am! Ya right I am! It's been almost 2 years since I last set foot on my beloved country! Feel like a Filipino maid who can't wait to get back to her homeland. (Having a filipina maid is typical for many Singaporeans too. I grew up with a Filipino maid in my household and she would always sing songs about her homeland Philippines whenever she missed her home).

Our main reason for this trip is because my dad is getting married! 

We are very happy for him to have found another partner, since my Mom passed in 2006. Sammy is gonna be the ring bearer and I'm sooo hoping that it would be more of a success than his previous attempt.

I know he looks too young to be my Dad!


We're also going to spend 5 days in Bali too since hubby managed to get 4 weeks(!!!) off work. I realized that by adding a "multi-city destination" on Singapore Airlines, we could add in a Bali holiday for just another 400€! That's even cheaper than any budget airlines from Singapore that flies at unearthly hours! The last time we were in Bali was in 2009 before we had kids. It was such a memorable trip and we've been trying to go back there since then.

Pre-kids 4 years ago in Bali! 
Can't wait to see the stunning sunsets in Bali!

We're well aware that with 2 toddlers in tow, this Bali trip would be anything but romantic. But that's also why we decided to pick a hotel with a kid's club that's located in Seminyak - where all the famous restaurants, pubs, massage parlors are . We could head out of the hotel and head back anytime we wanted, without be constrained by distance or time.

You won't believe how much time I spent on the internet trying to find the "perfect" family getaway! We finally decided to Courtyard by Marriott because of all the great reviews and the relatively reasonable prices (Seminyak is probably the most expensive part of Bali).

I'M SO EXCITED! And I just can't hide it! I know I know I know.....

I must say that our impending trip is also the reason why I don't dread winter so much this year. Ok, I'm pretty sure a big part of it is due to the fact that we actually have a warm apartment after living in Germany for 8 years (me)! Our place is brand-new, fitted with floor heating and is so very well-insulated. You can't believe how amazing this is for me! Our bathroom floors are warm enough to go barefoot!

We still wear socks in general though, because I wouldn't want to heat up our place like a sauna. Already my German hubby says that he wakes up perspiring some nights because our room is too warm! Lol.

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One of the last shots of Gabriel in his "old man" hairstyle

In his funkier crew cut which hub cut for him!


Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Okonomiyaki (Japanese Pancake)

I've been venturing into Japanese food lately.

It's no secret that hubby and I love all things Japanese. We would eat sushi every week if it only weren't so expensive here!

I have a Japanese friend in Stuttgart from whom I picked up some tips for Japanese cooking, but she's more of a cooking-by-feeling person. Without any recipes, I've been too lazy to research for recipes to experiment.

Until now that is! 

I've been getting bored with my daily cooking, so I knew that I needed a breath of fresh air in my kitchen.

Hence, when I saw that the Asian store where I usually go to started to stock up on Japanese condiments, I knew that this was my sign to venture into unknown territory!

I've  been wanting to try out Okonomiyaki for the longest time. It's simply savoury Japanese pancake that one can top with anything one wants.

The basic ingredients for the toppings would be cabbage and pork slices.

The best part about this meal is that you can put a hot plate on the table and do the cooking while talking to your guests. You can make one pancake after the next, without actually leaving your table. That would ensure that your pancakes are always eaten warm and quickly.

I did some research online and came up with my own version of Okonomiyaki. As a disclaimer, I ain't Japanese and neither am I a connoisseur of Japanese food, so feel free to modify the recipe according to your taste!

I still need to work on the aesthetics of my pancake and my pancake flipping skills but other than that, hubby and I loved it so much that we did the same dish again one week later! My boys are still (unfortunately) not too impressed with it, probably because they are not used to the taste of Japanese food... yet.

Having said that, Sammy loves salmon nigiri, but he doesn't like the taste of seaweed whereas Gabriel seems to enjoy salmon maki, together with the seaweed! I'm sure that it is only a question of time before my boys become mini converts too!



(Serving size: About 4 huge pancakes. Enough for a family of 4 with 2 guests)

Ingredients for the pancake mix: -

- 250 grams flour
- 2 eggs
- 300 grams Water
- 2 tsp Dashi powder

Toppings:-

- 1/2 a large Cabbage (chopped)  (I used Spitzkohl) 
- 500 grams Pork Fillet (thinly-sliced)
- 12 Shrimps (cut into small pieces)

- A bunch of Spring Onions (chopped)
- Katsuobushi (Fish flakes)
- Anori (Seaweed either sliced or in powdered form)
- Okonomiyaki Sauce
- Japanese Mayonaise (I used normal Mayo)

1. Make the pancake mix in a large bowl.

2. Add cabbage and shrimps to the pancake mix. Combine well. The final mixture should be viscous but still flow easily. This is to ensure that the pancake sticks

3. Heat some oil in a pan over medium heat. Pour the pancake mixture from step 2.

3. Place some slices of pork fillet on top of the pancake mix. Cover and cook until the pancake layer is done.

4. Flip the pancake carefully. I used a huge flat spoon. Let it cook uncovered for another 5 minutes or until done.

5. Serve on plate with toppings facing upwards. Spread Okonomiyaki sauce and Mayonaise generously on top. Sprinkle some Katsuobushi and Anori.

Enjoy!

Adapted from recipe here

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