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Mar 23, 2007 07:02 PM

The Web's First Japanese Pizza Page - octopus with that squid ink sauce?

Can't say if this is the first Japanese Pizza Page for sure, as the site claims, but it was the first time I saw pictures of Japanese Pizza.

That pizza with squid ink sauce is something.

"Ideal Taste of Sea Goodness and Mayonnaise!" ... Toppings: Shrimp, Squid, Tuna, Mayonnaise

"The Flavor of Seaweed and Shiso Makes it All the Better!" ... Toppings: Shredded Pork, Shimeji Mushrooms, Bamboo Shoots, Nori (seaweed), Shiso (perilla) Leaves

Curry Sauce, Potato, Fresh Mayonnaise, Canadian Bacon, Sweet Corn, Onion, Green Pepper, Black Pepper

But there are some good ideas, like using different mushrooms. The Japanese mushrooms look good. Or adding sesame seeds.

Here's the world's second Japanese pizza site ... aka Pizzas from the Dark Side

If you need to perk up the toppings for the next frozen pizza there are ideas here. Maybe add a few tater tots, camembert cheese, kimuchi, spaghetti, cod roe, dried fish flakes or eel.

Pizza hut sells an Idaho special - Potato chunks, sliced bacon, onion, corn, parsley, black olive, mayonnaise, double cheese.

Domino's sells a seafood special - Smoked salmon, green asparagus, shrimp, squid, green pepper, dried fish flakes, onion, extra-cheese.

Does anyone REALLY want squid from Domino's?

I guess corn is popular and sliced hard boiled eggs. One pizza is topped with three kinds of corn.

There are links to Japanese Pizzarias. Living in the SF Bay Area I was curious what Pizza California was serving up. All I can say ... Japanese people ... the site lies. I haven't seen anything like this in California.

Pizza-LA had an Enlish menu with questionable translations

New Funky - Very popular pizza among the child!! Because softly egg and Mayonnaise souce.

Ebi-Mayo - Shrimp fritter of rich taste, and delicacy full of special-make aurora sauce!!

Roast chicken with tartar sauce - Sizzling roast chicken and tangy fresh diced tomato. With fresh tartar sauce this will be hit with the kids!

One can only hope tartar sauce is a mis-traslation ... cuz all of that tops tomato sauce.

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  1. RWOrange, I can see Wolfgang Puck emulating this with canned tuna and spaggettio's.

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    1. re: Leper

      There you go ... anyone can make on of these puppies at home. Throw in a few tater tots and drizzle with mayo.

      As far as Wolfgang, I would think it would be seared ahi tuna and drizzled with creme fraiche, or perhaps aoili.

      The sad thing about all this is I'm wanting to try pizza with mayo. I guess I'll keep my eyes open in my area for Japanese pizza. I'm not sure how that mayo gets incorporated or if it is that EBI mayo that makes or breaks the dish.

      1. re: Melanie Wong

        Man oh man, now I have to specify styles of Japanese pizza too ... Isn't that like sending someone who wants Tommaso's to Pizetta 211? That truly is Cal-Japanese pizza.

        It is not even Osaka-style Japanese pizza aka Okonomiyaki.

        But this site which says "Okonomiyaki is a mixture between pancake and pizza. "Okonomi" means "as you like". This refers to the ingredients. " ... seems to indicate there are regional variations on that too ... Hiroshima-style, for example.

        But it seems the pizzas in the OP take their cue from Okonomiyaki.

        This guy claims to have invented the Japanese-Italian pizza ... I'm just coining terms left and right here.

        How a Japanese revolutionised the humble Italian pizza

        Here's their current menu ...

        I don't know ... the wasabi seafood is sounding good ...
        A nice spread of fish, crabstick, prawns and squid rings worked together in wasabi mayo.

        And for a snack ... Seasoned mini octopus, sprinkled with sesame seeds ... so much more interesting than fried calamari.

        In my web wandering about this I came across this gratuitous Japanese potato chip site. I'm going to have to check out the chip section in the Japanese markets for some of these ... cream of corn soup potato chips ... Ceasar salad potato chips ... American burger potato chips ... cheese cake potato chips ... making a nice balance meal.

        1. re: rworange

          A friend of mine ordered the "new funky" from Pizza La once as a joke, and it was truly horrible - mayonnaise and scrambled eggs just don't belong on pizza. On the other hand, Pizza Salvatore Cuomo delivers fantastic pizza:

          Okonomiyaki is Japanese pizza in the same way that sushi is a Japanese sandwich.

      2. I wonder how the people in the Tokyo pizza shops would react were you to walk in and tell them that they are not serving authentic pizza, and that they cannot consider themselves competent to sell pizza unless they have immersed themselves in the art, tradition, and history of pizza-making, in Italy or New York City.

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        1. re: Brian S

          Who said that? Obviously they admit it is not traditional. I just thought it was interesting and something to add to my pizza repetoire along with Brazilian and Indian pizza. I'm serious that I'd try one of these if they were available ... and though it is not pizza I plan to give Okonomiyaki a try since that is available near me and has ingrediants sort of like the japanese pizza toppings. Was hoping someone who ate this in Japan would pipe up.

          1. re: rworange

            I was kinda joking because we've had so many discussions (all interesting) on authenticity, on whether it matters that Americanized burritos aren't authentic if they taste good, on whether someone not Japanese can be a great sushi chef, etc.