05 September 2012

Bento #47: Trifecta of Kansai-area goodness

Okonomiyaki (Japanese-style pancakes), Takoyaki (Octopus balls) and Yakisoba (Japanese style fried/grilled soba noodles). 398 yen from 3F. Yum. There's 3 pieces of takoyaki. In the Philippines, some "takoyaki" shops don't actually have any tako (or they say they do but…). The yakisoba doesn't have the usual stuff with it (usually cabbage, carrots, and some meat), though it does come with pickled ginger as usual (the pink stuff on the lower right of the photo). The okonomiyaki is a simple, cabbage-only one as well, I think, and enough mayo and okonomi sauce. Okonomiyaki, by the way, means something like "grilled anything-that-comes-to-mind." "Yaki" means grilled, but in many cases, they just use a teppan grill; i.e. a big flat heated pan on which often they'd put oil - so in that sense it's really fried. Yakitori and yakiniku (barbecue chicken, and barbecue in general) though are usually charcoal-grilled. Oh, and these three things, as I mentioned come from the Kansai region of Japan (Kobe, Osaka, Kyoto, etc.).