there are tentacles in my okonomiyaki

Posted by Ted on Jan 8, 2005 in Food & Drinks, Travel

it almost feels like Tokyo.

Japan Center, the cultural center of Nihonmachi (Japan Town), feels a lot like Porter Exchange.. only much bigger, and feeling a lot more authentic. walking past restaurants with the plastic food on display in the windows and everything.

two nights ago I had tempura ramen in a delicious soy broth.

last night I had sushi that was wonderful. mmm. aji temaki.

tonight I went down the hall and had okonomiyaki, which I haven’t had since I was in Tokyo. it’s basically a Japanese pancake/pizza sort of thing, with seafood and other meats, and egg, and topped with tonkatsu sauce. yum.

of course, walking next door afterwards and getting a crepe with green tea gelatto and red bean paste made it feel a little more like San Francisco. although, I wouldn’t be surprised to find that in Tokyo either.

(and then there was the fact that I was trying to find this one sushi place that was reputed to have fugu. I even called them to find their address, and someone answered, and gave what I expected the address to be. except, it isn’t there. it’s a Denny’s. I even walked into said Denny’s to see if there was some sore of clandestine sushi parlor in the back, which there wasn’t.)

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5 Comments

weegoddess
Jan 8, 2005 at 1:46 pm

Gawd, I LOVE okonomiyaki!! My favorite cafe in Baltimore used to serve it, before they changed their menu. That place used to be foodie heaven; now it’s pretention heaven, without the rationale. Assuming it’s still open…

Funny, I haven’t seen that dish since, though a few places in Porter exchange do come up with something similar…just without that great sauce.

[tummy ruuuuumbles]


 
mangosteen
Jan 8, 2005 at 1:54 pm

Japan Center, the cultural center of Nihonmachi (Japan Town), feels a lot like Porter Exchange.. only much bigger, and feeling a lot more authentic[...]

Having never been to Japan, I can’t talk about “more authentic”, but yeah. “Porter Exchange, but much bigger, and with a whole lot more Japanese to cater to.”


 
plumtreeblossom
Jan 8, 2005 at 2:51 pm

Yum. It’s been 5 years since I went to Japan, but I still daydream about the food.


 
onebrightroad
Jan 26, 2005 at 7:21 pm

Mmmm, okonomiyaki…

The first (and last) time I had okonomiyaki was during my 2001 trip to Japan to visit and knock about Western Honshu with . Apparently it’s considered “poor folks’ food” in Japan, but it’s rather yummy poor folks’ food.

Mmmm, sushi… Nothing to add to that. :)


 
Ted
Jan 26, 2005 at 7:40 pm

*smile*

I’ve found some recipes for okonomiyaki on the net.. I’ll be giving them a try to see if I can’t make it at home.

I always find it interesting that one culture’s “peasant food” is another culture’s delicacy..


 

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