Mitsuwa "Umaimono Gourmet" Food Fair
Saturday, June 16, 2012
I woke up this morning to a tweet (via my friend @JustJennDesigns, and Jitlada lover @MyLastBite) about the Mitsuwa Food Fair happening this weekend. Garrett Snyder of the LA Weekly called it, "It's sort of like the "Comic-Con" for Japanese cuisine."
I went to the Torrance store (also happening in Costa Mesa) this afternoon. I was too late for the special Ichimonji-style tonkotsu miso ramen, but picked up a croquette, crab sushi and these amazing waffle custard filled yummy things from Kobe Fugetsudo.
This is only happening until Sunday, June 17th so if you are in the area, stop by! Also, it's coming to Chicago and New Jersey next week.
I'm bummed I missed the rice ball event that happened earlier...I'm going to follow @Mitsuwa_SoCal so I don't miss the next one!
(Top photo: Crab Inari 4 for $7.90; Ikameshi Croquette $2.50 each (filled with a squid and rice mix), and lots of different fried fish cakes are available)
Other items include a Seafood Bento Box (crab, sea urchin, salmon roe, squid) for $15.90; Roe for $78.99 a pound!!! (holy smokes...but I imagine you don't need to buy a pound of roe unless you really have thing for roe); fish, lots of croquettes (filled with things such as cheese, green onions, pumpkin, potato) and fried fish cakes.
These waffles are filled with custard, green tea custard, or chestnut custard with a whole chestnut inside! Kobe Fugetsudo has this great waffle iron that spells out their name and a chef is standing all day making the waffles. (Japan-based Kobe Fugetsudo is not to be confused with Fugetsudo mochi in Little Tokyo, Los Angeles.) These were definitely my favorite! If you are in the South Bay or OC, stop by Mitsuwa tomorrow to pick these up!