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Tuesday, June 14, 2005


Takoyaki at Shirokiya


For two more weeks (June 14-26) you can watch takoyaki being made and try them yourself at Shirokiya in Ala Moana Shopping Center.

Takoyaki is more than food in Japan, it is a street spectacle. Children and adults crowd around the takoyaki makers at shrine festivals, in department stores, or on the streets and watch them make a whole tray at a time. Best eaten moments after they are made, they are soft round dumplings with a decent-sized chunk of octopus inside.

Probably most popular in Osaka, this fast food treat can be found most anywhere in Japan. Here's your chance to save some airfare and have it right here in Honolulu (I'm told they may also be available at Minato Japanese Restaurant).

To get a sneak preview, check out a website with some movies of takoyaki being made: . Or read more about it at: Nipponia.

When we lived in Tokyo we would occasionally visit a shop in Shinjuku that specialized in akashiyaki, which are very similar but served with a bowl of dashi (simple soup broth). Probably akashiyaki was the origin of takoyaki.

Sunday, June 12, 2005


Thai cooking lesson on eGullet

We live across the street from an excellent Thai restaurant, as do the authors of this cooking lesson on eGullet which I just ran across today. (Don't miss the Q&A link at the top of the page.) So why cook Thai at home? Check out this article, it's a lesson in working with Asian ingredients. Many large, clear photos to guide you through the experience. And of course, you can taste the results.


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