Japanese Summer Festival
The Japanese Summer Festival is on at Federation Square next Sunday February 25 and along with all the traditional Taiko drumming, dancing, kimono and cosplay competitions you can experience some Japanese street food. A common street food in Japan is taiyaki, a fish-shaped type of waffle with green tea, custard, red bean or chocolate cream fillings. Takoyaki is another food that is cooked in dedicated iron moulds, this time as round balls of crispy batter filled with chopped octopus and spring onion or prawn. Look for the Zero Lam stand cooking these two dishes to order but be careful not to burn your tongue. Probably more familiar to most will be the yakatori, skewers of meat cooked over a charcoal fire. Horse Bazaar will be turning the skewers for the Japanese Summer Festival this year. Shimbashi Japanese Soba Noodle and Sake Bar will also have takoyaki in addition to their wonderful noodles. A classic street food for those with a hearty appetite is okonomiyaki. It might be difficult to get your tongue around this word but it means “grilled as you like it” and takes the form of a savory pancake layered with anything you want but typically okonomiyaki will have left over tempura bits, pork belly pieces, vegetables and lashings of Japanese mayo. Contrary to the usual Japanese approach of restraint with food this multi layered heart stopper is definitely one for the boys. You can wash all this down with some Japanese beer or cider.