02 October 2012

Bento! #86: Ika Kakiage Don

Thanks to Okada-san for taking this photo!

Or "イカかき揚げ丼" in Japanese. Ika = squid, although it is not usually written in katakana. Kakiage = a round, flat kind of tempura made from vegetable strips (usually carrots, potatoes, onions, etc.), usually with shrimp instead of squid. It is similar to the Filipino "okoy." The age part, is similar to that in karaage (Japanese-style fried chicken). Don = short for donburi, bowl and in this case, a bowl of rice. With "L" size rice, this is just 409 yen. But as you might guess, it's not very heavy. So I had spinach, cherry tomatoes, and fried potato wedges from the salad bar to go with it. It's all delicious, nonetheless.

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