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Mitsuwa Japanese Gourmet Fair 2013

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nom nom noms. look so good!


Here they come! A much-awaited event of this season, “JAPANESE GOURMET FAIR”.
In addition to the well-known popular shops, selected specialty food from all over Japan will make their first appearance for this event.

Owner Mr. Chiba who is from Kesennuma where the Japan Earthquake and Tsunami hit in 2011 recreated his hometown’s shop called “Kamome Diner”.
He brings its NO.1 menu, “Kesennuma Ramen Ushio Aji (Salt)” for this event.
The secret of this Ushio ramen is the specially-made sauce that is mixed with well-marinated seafood, water, sake. The scented oil from saury also spice up the Chicken bone based soup with the medium thin curly noodle. Please enjoy it with half boiled egg topping.
Do not forget “Salmon bowl with sesame soy sauce” for salmon lovers!!
6/13(Thu) - 16(Sun) Torrance Store
6/20(Thu) - 23(Sun) New Jersey Store

“Inarisushi with crab meat & Lotus root” of “Shiki” that gained much popularity every year.
Uses full of Red Queen Crab meat caught from Japan Sea. Enjoy their best-selling delicacy.
“Crab Chirashi Inari Sushi Set”, “Sea eel Chirashi Crab Inairi Sushi Set” are also available.
6/13(Thu) - 16(Sun) Torrnace, Costa Mesa Stores
6/20(Thu) - 23(Sun) Chicago, New Jersey Stores

Much-loved, Seafood Bento “Umi no Shijuso”, “Kani Gokai Maki (Crab Meat Roll)”, “Mackrel Sushi” of “Otaru Station Shop”.
You can only experience its delicate, airy, and melt in your mouth texture with this salmon roe from Hiroo, Hokkaido. Enjoy gorgeous seafood bento box for your lunch and dinner!
6/13(Thu) - 16(Sun) Torrnace, Costa Mesa Stores
6/20(Thu) - 23(Sun) San Jose, New Jersey Stores

From Osaka, “Takoyaki” of “Takoya Kukuru” , is back!
The airy soft skin, and its pronounced texture of chopped octopus are their pride. Their rich sauce is unmistakable in its flavor!
6/13(Thu) - 16(Sun) Costa Mesa, San Diego Stores
6/20(Thu) - 23(Sun) San Jose, Chicago, New Jersey Stores

Yamagata Prefecture’s specialty, “Makidora (Rolled Dorayaki)” of Anchindo.
Uses organic egg only. Enjoy its soft texture and fragrant flavor skin filled with sophisticated sweetness of premium red beans, custard cream, sesame cream, matcha cream.
6/13(Thu) - 16(Sun) Torrance Store
6/20(Thu) - 23(Sun) New Jersey Store

For your dessert “Waffles” of “Kobe Fugetsudo”.
Custard Cream, Matcha, Sesame Chestnuts flavors.
6/13(Thu) - 16(Sun) Costa Mesa Store
6/20(Thu) - 23(Sun) San Jose Store

And more specialty items from many parts of Japan! Please experience the greatly boasted tastes!

Please visit our “JAPANESE GOURMET FAIR.”

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  1. oo i'm down for the ramen, crab chirashi, and sushi bento

    I ate so much takoyaki in osaka last year i think i may vomit just at the sight of it now :x

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    1. re: blimpbinge

      Fortunately for you the takoyaki isn't at Torrance. But enjoy the rest. And there's plenty to like.

    2. No mention of the West L.A. (or "Santa Monica") store?

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      1. re: PeterCC

        Sadly, the West LA store rarely gets these special events. The closest thing it does to 'special' is their birthday where they make up different varieties of Futomaki and Okonomiaki. It really is worth it to make it down to the Torrance store on occassion...


        1. re: Dommy

          The problem is West LA has no room for such events. And parking is horrendous as it is. As Dommy said, it's really worth the trip to Torrance.

      2. Any mention of any appearance at the San Diego store?

        1. I posted this on another post.

          Just got back from the Mitsuwa Food Festival in Torrance.

          Shiki's crab inari-zushi was just fine. Red Queen Crab from the Japan Sea.

          Otaru Station Stop's choices of sushi looked very inviting. I chose the mackerel (battera), which is one of my favorite foods. Others might want to choose the crab meat roll. Delicious

          Anchindo offered the most delicious dorayaki with fillings of custard cream, green tea, red bean and sesame. The best dorayaki pastry I've ever had.

          The highlight was Kamome Diner's salmon bowl, an outstanding marinated salmon over a bowl of rice. This is the must get dish of the festival.

          Their special ramen was good, but consider what choices we have now. Still the seafood tinged chicken broth was very good.

          I might go back down to Torrance just for that salmon bowl.

          Anxious to hear from others.

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          1. re: Ogawak

            we probably saw each other without realizing it. i had to nap when i got home.

            i also enjoyed the salmon bowl. i was expecting more texture in the ramen, but the broth was unique enough to make it memorable.

            the fishcakes on a stick, octopus/ginger, octopus/green onion & cod roe were more filling that i expected. the mushroom/potato croquettes without cheese were better IMO - they let the flavor of the mushroom come through. the uni croquette was nice & subtle; it really didn't say uni until i'd finished swallowing.

            i liked the green tea & custard dorayaki, but i also went into the freeer section and bought a box chocolate mochi to round everything off.

            the only downside was trying to find seating for five once the lunch hour rush actually hit. we got there around 11 and figured we'd just mosey around a bit.

            1. re: Ogawak

              Thanks for the Salmon Bowl mention -- I would have overlooked it. And now, I have a feeling I'm going to be eating it for as many meals this weekend as possible.

              Tried the potato croquette that was sadly loaded with fake tasting butter. The scallop croquette was only slightly better.

              I should have saved my stomach space for an extra salmon bowl.

              Nice to be there this afternoon when things were relatively quiet.

              1. re: Fig Newton

                Ah I haven gotten to my potato croquette yet (ordered a potato one and extra scallop one to go ) sad to hear abt the butter

                1. re: blimpbinge

                  Skip the potato one. Potato and mushroom and potato and squid were better.

            2. Got back from the Costa Mesa one.

              No special ramen. Boo! Santouka shoyu just didn't do it.

              Settled for the fried croquettes which was in the fried fish cake booth. Crab and cream, mushroom and potato, squid and potato, potato and cheese, and pumpkin. First 3 were actually all very good.

              Very sad, no special ramen...

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              1. re: Porthos

                I think this is the first "Fair" without ramen offering from Japan. (Costa Mesa)

              2. I'm planning to go on Sunday to experience the "greatly boasted tastes." Just to clarify, it looks like the Torrance store has the special ramen but not Costa Mesa?

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                1. re: BobtheBigPig

                  It does, but I like their salmon bowl. I found the noodles not that special.

                  1. re: Ogawak

                    To rephrase Alfred Lord Tennyson: Is it better to have non-special ramen than to not have ramen at all? ;-)

                2. I live in New Jersey and went to the Fair last year. From the descriptions, it seems like it is very much the same type of food stalls/vendors

                  You can see them in pictures in the following thread.


                  1. Went there earlier today:

                    Have not been to one of their festivals/fairs in awhile, so jumped on the chance after ns1 posted it. Also was a chance to test out my new camera.

                    First stop was Kamome Diner's shop. They're located in the food court and, for the time I was there, had a longer line than santouka. I liked the shio, it was light n fishy, a nice change from the tonkotsu-focused places popping up everywhere. The salmon sesame bowl was very good, and a steal for $3.80 imo. I probably should have got another one. I ended up also getting santouka since there was no line, and remembered how good it was.

                    Next stop was the Ikameshi croquette stall. I really like croquettes, but at restaurants, they tend to be too thick and lack filling. Got the creamy crab, scallop, sweet potato, and butter potato croquettes. All very nice, with the scallop being my favorite.

                    By then the two bowls of ramen and all the croquettes started taking a toll on my (and my brothers) appetite and I couldn't eat anymore.

                    I stopped by the shiki and otaru station stalls (also housed the dessert stalls), and pretty much pick up one of everything. I'm about to eat those so I will update again later on.

                    Still a newb at taking pics, so the pics aren't so great. Also completely forgot about the no camera rule in mitsuwa (and most japanese stores..) until the security guard told me to stop. However, when I asked the shop/stall managers, they were fine with it, and even told me to upload it online! Very nice people. They asked me to come back tomorrow!

                    Overall, a pretty positive experience, I'd go again. They said there's another one next month, and that they have these food fairs about 4x per year.

                    1. ramen was excellent...and so were the pancakes! (see attached.)

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                      1. re: dreamcast18

                        dreamcast18, I, too, thought the ramen was extraordinary!
                        I wish they'd plant themselves permanently at Mitsuwa market; I liked it better than Santouka...and that's quite a compliment!

                        There was something about the way the bonito flavor came through; perhaps it was freshly shaved. It was different from any other ramen I have tried.

                        1. re: liu

                          that's what the missus said too..she loved how 'light but flavored' the ramen broth was (she finished it up). Very good change from the usual Santouka stuff in the same food court.

                          1. re: dreamcast18

                            Yes, it was "light," but so full of flavor!
                            Santouka has much more depth and richness, but is also more filling and weighs more heavily in the tummy.

                      2. Made it to the San Jose event last Sunday.

                        Sadly no special ramen for us either :( Had to settle for a toroniku from Santouka.

                        But we did get nice hot takoyaki, two boxes of which were demolished. Croquettes were good (although I'm struggling to remember what fillings we had), as were the skewered fish cakes. The waffle stall had sold out of the first round by the time we got there (stupid ramen line) and the girls were taking a break, so no special dessert.

                        And thanks ns1 for posting the info!

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                        1. re: stravaigint

                          FYI, the event info usually specifies which stores will have special ramen. Make sure to double check so you won't be disappointed in the future.

                          For the Kyushu and Okinawa fair next month (http://mitsuwa.com/event/eevent.php?e=45), San Jose and Torrance will have special ramen. None for SD or Costa Mesa.