Okonomiyaki is a classic Japanese dish. It is made out of batter and contains anything you want to add like vegetables, meat, seafood, and then topped with sauce and mayo, sprnkled with green nori and sometimes bonito flakes.
I was first introduced to it when I visited Japan in the 80’s and stayed with a family in Kanazawa-shi, Ishikawa-ken, home of Kenrokuen gardens. It was described to me as a Japanese pancake. I have also heard it called a Japanese pizza, but it really is unique and quite different to either a pancake or pizza.
While I am in Australia some of the foods from Japan I am missing are tonkatsu (particularly from Wako), okonomiyaki (from any store, anywhere) and a decent umeboshi (not from the convenience store).
Rice is easy to get in Australia and my family has a rice cooker so that is good news at least. I remember traveling to Europe years ago and having to search for Japanese restaraunts just so I could eat some curry rice.
What Japanese food do you crave the most when not living in Japan?