Okonomi means “as you like,” and yaki means “grilled.” According to Honolulu Hiroshima Kenjin Kai president Ken Saiki, the “grilled-as-you-like-it” creation was invented in Hiroshima after World War II when scarce food supplies forced locals to get crafty. Since then, the flavorful blend has spread throughout the world, finding a place in Hawai‘i.


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