Sometimes it is the little frugal things you do that add up without you realising it. So it was that I was having a long overdue catch-up BYO lunch with my friend Evangeline from Nilbarcodfood. And while lunch she spotted something in what I thought was a dismally frugal lunchbox that she thought was of interest.
Okonomiyaki, a cabbage-based savoury pancake, is one of the most popular restaurant foods in Japan. There are many regional variations, using ingredients such as meat and seafood. But my neighbour Sayoko, who survived for three years as an international student in Australia on a food budget of $10, has taught us that you can cook a delicious version for next to nothing.