If you missed the Hokkaido food fair last time at Mitsuwa in San Jose/Saratoga, you probably don't want to miss this weekend's Okinawa/Kyushu product fair going on now till end of Sunday. Basically there are two booths selling food and food products (plus a few displays) shocasing Okinawa offerings. Nearby further in the back (right side) of the market, near the miso/natto products are two separate booths for Kyushu goodies and lots of fried stuff.
The Okinawa booths had:
- something that looked like Okinawa version of batterasushi, except instead of rectangular shaped it was elliptical. Toppings were saba, tai (ebodai? Looked like the small version that had a hint of red/white and mild yellow), or kani. Around $8.99 for a good sized portion
- Okinawa donuts....forgot the names exactly but one was Sato Andagi, one version made with plain sugar, and another with brown sugar. 50 cents each. I sampled one of each and didn't quite enjoy it. Perhaps someone who grew up eating this can tell if it is authentic or not. There was also another delicacy, very very similar to the Cantonese dim sum version of the fried mochi dumpling with red bean (Dzeen Dui), but this one was made with purple yam/sweet potato inside. Forgot the name... two words, one started with Beni, forgot the 2nd word.
- Okinawa soba. They were selling dry packs of this, which looked more like thin flat noodles. Definitely not the same type as zaru soba. People were ordering this by the bowl also cooked with broth and soup (not sure how much) and it looked rather plain.
The Kyushu booth had:
Lots and lots of deep fried stuff. There was deep fried small crab, kibinago karaage which I had a sample of that tasted similar to smelt but much tastier (whole fish, though the last time I had kibinago was sushi form at Sushi Sam's, ika geso (squid legs) karaage which was really really nice. There was an item that looked like a large chocolate chip cookie, but was a fried pike eel cookie shaped item.
Also lots and lots of prepackaged stuff, dried goods, items imported straight from Kyushu and Okinawa (many I have not seen before or know what it is).
Go check it out if you are in the area.