There’s something so comforting about Japanese cuisine that I just can’t quite pinpoint. There’s such a great variety that isn’t limited to breakfast, lunch or dinner. I guess you could say I was pretty excited when I got to try out some of my Japanese street food at Osaka Bar’s opening at Kings Cross.
The event was split up into 3 cooking demonstration sessions along with an endless buffet and drinks served all night.
“Last servings available for takoyaki balls! Does anyone want them?”
“Hey Katrina, isn’t that your mating call?”
These heartwarming golf sized Osaka style Tako-yaki balls were cooked fresh on the spot with a pancake like skin encasing a mix of chopped octopus tentacles, shallots, crunchy bits of deep fried dough and pickled ginger.
Kushi-katsu (skewers of deep fried grilled meat)
Feast your eyes on these goodies being deep fried right in front of your eyes. There are alterations of these around Japan depending on the region such that they may spear the meat alternatively with vegetables.
Each ingredient is not coated with dry flour, but dipped in the batter mixture of flour and ground mountain taro, then coated with coarse bread crumb before deep frying.
Okonomiyaki (Japanese savoury pancake)
Okonomiyaki translate to ‘as you like it pancake’ which sounds pretty intriguing to me. It was traditionally considered a stomach-filling food but has developed to be the popular dish we love today!
The one made in house was filled with cabbage, shallots and pork belly served with Japanese mayo and Okonomi sauce and topped with Japanese mayo.
The savoury pancake was heartwarming and full of flavour. It is noted by the chef that this dish is great for getting rid of any leftover produce in the house!
Shop 15, Llankelly Place
24-30 Springfield Ave
Potts Point, NSW 2011
Contributed by Katrina, who dined as a guest on behalf of 2 Hungry Guys