Ok- so after living in Tokyo for over seven years, I developed quite a taste for many "Japan-ized Western Food." The soft salsbury-steak like concoction they dub 'hamburger' (no bun in sight) with many variations- a teriyaki-like sauce with grated daikon, tomato-y sauce with a fried egg on top, or a standard gravy and melting cheese.......Also the many versions of pizza (I know no true hound would ever admit to liking Japanese pizza!) but alas, my taste buds yearn for the 'Idaho Special' from Pizzala, topped with chunks of tender potato and covered in some creamy mayonnaise sauce. And another classic- OM-rice (translation- omlette rice), a nice thin-skinned omelet stuffed with seasoned rice and covered with gravy. Yum.
The one thing I miss the most, however, is doria. Only Dog knows where it came from (Italy?) but it is a damn near perfect combination of ketchup-fried rice, chunks of chicken or shrimp or whatever, tomato sauce, white sauce, and cheese all baked like a casserole. It screams comfort food and I have yet to find anywhere in LA that makes this wonderful dish. Gourmet food it isn't, but after a long day at work or too many bottles of wine the night before, nothing tastes more soothing. Does anyone else share a hankering for this made-up dish from the East? (or West, who knows)??? There is seafood doria, chicken doria, eggplant/meat sauce doria- I suppose it is like lasagna if it was made with rice instead of pasta, hold the ricotta. I'd love to hear any doria stories any of you may have. In a world where foie gras and toro reign supreme, these humble dishes stand up for all that is simple and good. Go doria!