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    News — Japanese Food

    Aomori Food - More Than Just Apples!

    Aomori Food - More Than Just Apples!

    Every once in awhile the Japanese markets of Southern California do regional food fairs, featuring the many delicious foods from different parts of Japan. This past weekend it was Aomori's turn at Marukai Gardena.

    We admittedly went a little crazy, picking up a basket full of goodies:

    ○ Shijimi (freshwater clams)
    ○ Saba (mackerel)
    ○ Handmade apple candy
    ○ Apple juice
    ○ Yakiniku sauce w/apple
    ○ Sesame apple dressing

    (Many of the products we chose were related to the famous Aomori apple, but we also picked up some seafood - freshwater clams and my personal favorite fish, saba.)

    We incorporated these foods into our next home cooked meal:

    Homecooked "Aomori" dinner

    ○ Broiled saba with lemon and daikon oroshi (grated radish)
    ○ Miso soup with shijimi.
         - We prefer a heavy red miso. Just add in the clams as you prepare the broth.
    ○ Garden salad with sesame apple dressing
    ○ Kabocha nimono (simmered Japanese pumpkin)
         - Tip: Don't keep the kabocha on the heat too long, or it gets mushy fast. After bringing the kabocha to a boil in the dashi, ~5min on medium heat is probably all you need. 
    ○ Rice

    With addition of the miso soup and Japanese pumpkin, this is a very simple and delicious dinner for cozy fall nights. 

    What's your favorite homecooked meal? Leave us a comment below!

    Crash Course in Japanese Food + Culture

    Crash Course in Japanese Food + Culture

    Looking for a "crash course" in Japanese food and culture?

    One of the best ways to get a taste of almost everything is at the 2016 Los Angeles Japanese Food Festival, to be held Sunday, November 13, at the Universal City Hilton from 11-4PM. This event has been held for over a decade, first starting out in a Little Tokyo location and since branching out to be held in Universal City. It is sponsored by the Japanese Restaurant Association of America and the Japanese Food Culture Association, with the ultimate goal of promoting and celebrating Japanese food and Japanese culture in Southern California.

    List of food offerings:

    •   Sushi
    •   Fresh Sashimi
    •   Tempura Soba - Tempura & Buckwheet Noodle
    •   Chicken Karaage
    •   Ramen Noodles
    •   Rice Onigiri
    •   Beer
    •   Sake & Shochu
    •   Dessert
    •   and more...

    Schedule of Events:

    •   11:00am Door Opens / Taiko Drum Performance 1
    •   11:15am Opening Program / Opening Sake Barrel
    •   11:20am Taiko Drum Performance 2
    •   11:45am Ceremony Tuna Filleting
    •   12:30pm Rice Ball Workshop Demonstration 1
    •   13:15pm Sake Tasting Contest
    •   14:00pm Performance and Experience of making Sushi Roll
    •   15:00pm Rice Ball Workshop Demonstration 2
    •   15:45pm Door Prizes
    •   16:00pm Closing

    Added bonus? Nebuta Arts will be hosting a pop-up shop at the Festival from 11AM-3PM!

    • For more for information visit the Japanese Food Culture Association (JFCA).
    • Over 80 volunteers help to make this event possible each year. Interested in helping out? Find more information and sign up by 10/14/16 here.
    • Tickets are available to purchase online