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Deep-fried Buta Kaku-ni at Himawari in San Mateo

Pia | Feb 18, 200502:31 AM

The family has been to Himawari four times in the past two weeks. Although no one openly admitted to it, it was because everyone had to have his turn at having his own order of the deep-fried buta kaku-ni. (It is an unspoken family rule that we do not duplicate orders--everyone has to share a bit of his dish so that we can try more things :>) I can feel the cholesterol gurgling slugglishly through my arteries, but I must say those sweet morsels of meltingly tender pork were worth it!

We usually go for lunch, when the buta kaku-ni comes as a lunch special with rice, soup, and salad for around $9. The dish consists of 5 good-sized chunks of stewed pork belly dusted with cornstarch and deep fried to a delicate crisp. It is served with a sauce that may be based on the pork's stewing liquid spiked with a touch of wasabi, and topped off with lots of chopped green onion and shredded leek. Not for the faint of heart.

Himawari is on 2nd Avenue between Ellsworth and B Streets.

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