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Okinawan dinner at Izakaya Tanuki in Cupertino

Bryan Harrell | Sep 3, 200411:30 AM

The latest issue of the Japanese magazine Bay Spo has a review of a special Okinawan dinner now being served at Tanuki in Cupertino. I HAVE NOT BEEN, and being about 150 miles away, I may not get there soon, but the article describes the meal in detail, and has a large photo that makes it look tempting.

You get rafutei (very tender fatty pork simmered looooonnng in soy sauce) and several other boiled vegetables and konyaku, a few pieces of tuna sashimi, a whole small fish called a "gurukun" (I don't know what that is in English) prepared kara-age style, lightly battered and deep fried. There are also small dishes of warabi and squid, and something that looks like vinegar-marinated shreds of daikon and carrot.
Plus you get rice, miso soup and salad. Dessert is a block of sweet aspic-like jelly (yohkan) made with bitter melon (an Okinawan fave). All for $13.95.

The reviewer wrote that the rafutei (the main reason for this meal) is very subtly seasoned, and literally melts in the mouth. The accompanying daikon and konyaku have also been simmered such that the flavor has permeated all the way through. The dessert was unique, with the sweetness of the yohkan duking it out with the bitterness of the coarsely ground bitter melon inside.

Seems like a good deal with a lot of variety for a very good price. Please post about it if you get there.

Izakaya Tanuki
22350 Homestead Rd.

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