Tuesday, July 31, 2012

An Octoboy Ordeal


Tired, tired, tired. . .
Is there any other way one can spell the word t-i-r-e-d?
But what do you think gets me through?
Well aside from spiritual fuel and tons of  multivitamins there is one more thing.  Yes my impulsive dining! 

In lieu of my ubiquitous Asian gastronomical tour, let me bring you one more for the road.  (Meaning the last Asian culinary post for the month of July).

Octoboy. 

Thanks to my food blogger buds, Sumi and Tracy, they made me succumb to this habituation, and down with this famous Japanese Express Diner at Tomas Morato, Q.C.

Famous for their self-proclaimed best takoyaki, hmm, which I wasn't able to try, since Ensogo had specified what's included in their deal.


Bhogs ordered a bowl of hot ramen to stuff his cold stomach.  I can't blame him, it was raining when we got to the place.  It was  a bowl of tasty and spicy Seafood Ramen which we had shared.  Though nothing too special with this bowl, what I was anticipating is the okonomiyaki.   We had one ordered for us, and another which we took home for the kids.


Octopus Okonomiyaki.   Can be likened to  a pizza, but is actually referred to as Japanese pancake with toppings.   As the name indicates (okonomi means favorites in Japanese),  desired ingredients were added to it.  But to me it is more like an omelet with toppings, at least that's how I have tasted the base.  The most common ingredient is cabbage,  meat, seafood, in our case lots of octopus slices.   It's typically served with okonomiyaki sauce, mayonnaise, and toppings, such as katsuobushi (dried bonito flakes), green onion, pickled red ginger, aonori (dried seaweed powder), tenkasu (tempura crumbs), and so on.   If you are a bit curious how okonomiyaki sauce tastes, it is more like a Worcestershire sauce but a bit sweeter with a tang and less salty.


While we were a bit filled with the ramen and okonomiyaki, a platter of  Yakiudon Shrimp came.   Bhoggs gave me that look, as if he were telling me, "Kaya mo pang kainin yan?" (Do you still have a plce in your stomach for that?)

Okay, yes we didn't finish everything but we had them taken home and reserved for  later-night snack.

Bhoggs didn't actually like the udon or soba?  It was too savory, saucy and sweet for him for a noodle dish.  To best describe this dish is, it's a cross between pancit canton (the tangy one, with the Calamansi flavor) and Filipino style spaghetti wich everyone at home dislikes.   So what was left for me at home were the sauced noodles, they all just ate the crunchy fried shrimps.


Shhh...You know how can this be eaten?  Well, what else, with our native rice, or jasmine rice if you're more than can-afford.  The Peppered Beef Okonomiyaki was a spectacular take-home for the kids.  At first they thought it was yucky but eventually they had to realize it was yaki all along, hihihi.

Topped with their faves, beef from Gyudon and mozzarella, backed up with sauces such as black pepper sauce and miso mayo and ended with crispy onions and corn kernels.

Experiences like this, searching for unthinkable places and food of interests make my life a whole lot interesting even though  my body urges to have the much needed rest, but a mom's life has to go on...zzzzzzzzzz

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