Foodie Friday: Mentai Squid Udon

Remember when I explored downtown Los Angeles and visited Little Tokyo? Well, I ate handmade udon noodles during that time. Mentai Squid Udon: thick noodles with squid and roe Fresh-made udon is an indulgence of mine. I love how the thick wheat noodles taste, with an exciting amount of chewy tenderness. Although I prefer udon hot, I have tried the noodles cold, which taste refreshing in warm weather. I usually stick to simpler meats with udon, but this time I tried mentai squid. The … [Read more...]

Foodie Friday: Fried Squid

Fried squid: spicy battered pieces of squid This is basically seafood tempura, kicked up a notch. There's a nice tang that comes with the salt and peppercorn seasoning. Often chiles garnish the top of this dish. On a side note, "fried squid" in Chinese can be translated to "you're fired!". In the old days, employees took their bedding with them to work sites. If they got fired, they would have to roll up their mattress and leave. This transformation from flat to curled mimics the way a … [Read more...]