The cheap and cheerful savory Japanese pancake that stirs both feelings of local pride and deep rivalry in the city of Hiroshima has found its newest fan in British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak.

During his visit for the three-day Group of Seven leaders summit in Hiroshima, Sunak sampled okonomiyaki, a heaped mound of batter, cabbage, noodles and often meat that is fried on a hot plate and then smothered with savory sauce.

Its name means "cooked as you like" and it is widely considered "soul food" in Japan. In some restaurants it is cooked in front of the customers, in others the customers prepare it themselves.