Okonomiyaki Festival


There needs to be more meat at the tofu festival. Or maybe next time I need to work the booths counter-clockwise instead of clockwise. It is possible that the first item I tried, the turkey tofu meatball sandwich had meat inside, but I couldn’t quite tell. It wasn’t until I was well stuffed that I saw some booths selling chicken and beef, but what about tofu with pork or pork with tofu? I know when I eat at my favorite Japanese and Chinese restaurants, there are no shortages of pork laden tofu entrees. Maybe they don’t want any vegetarians accidentally consuming animals, I can see where they’re coming from, I suppose.

I’ve mentioned before how much I love Okonomiyaki and how I’ve searched everywhere for an okonomi experience like I had in Tokyo, where you get to prepare your own cabbage infused pancake with bits of seafood and smother it to your liking with japanese mayo and okonomiyaki sauce. Well today was my okonomiyaki festival and it was almost as good as it was 6 months ago when I made it at home, although I didn’t get to prepare it myself. I even had seconds.

Nothing else I had at the tofu festival was as good as the okonomiyaki, but you can see pictures of everything else after the jump if you care.

Update Topher just shot me an email letting me know that Gaja in Lomita has full on okonomiyaki service… I will most certainly have to check it out!

turkey tofu meatball sandwich

tofu shumai and tofu croquettes

tofu pate

spicy tofu sausage

okonomiyaki sauce

7 thoughts on “Okonomiyaki Festival”

  1. Oh, they even have the good okonomiyaki sauce! I’ve been in Japan for many years and am completely addicted to okonomiyaki. I don’t know what I would do without it. Congrats on going six months without it (did I read that correctly?). I would never be able to do that!

  2. It is pretty great stuff. Good beer food, too!

    There a good okonomiyaki place down in Torrance. I can’t remember the name, though.

  3. definitely agree on the counter clockwise route at the tofu festival this past weekend…but they switch up booth placement from year to year. you gotta do a once around first then start eating. and try the church of perfect liberty tofu tostadas….mmm, delish.

  4. Two spatulas up for Gaja!

    We came back from Osaka all hopped up on okonomiyaki and Gaja served it up (minus the octopus, sadly) in grand style.

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