Saturday, July 2, 2011

Lunching @ Wa Dining Okan - Part Five: とろろ Lovers Rejoice!

Sharing recent lunches I've had at Okan again, these from the past couple weeks. Always a pleasure visiting with fun tasty weekly changing sides and even revolving daily specials. All delicious, more often with a creative twist and these days as important very affordable. And right when I got to think "What more can I ask?", this seems to have been answered too. :)

By now I'm sure most wouldn't need the lunch ordering drill to be re-explained, but just in case you first start with the $6.50 Basic Set and order additional sides as you like. But for the more initiated do you notice something different?

How about now? ;)


Grated tororo yam is now part of the starter basic set with choice of white hakumai or brown hijiki rice (refills up to a half bowl are free). A truly momentous occasion for all tororo lovers where from experience the request can cost up to $2 alone (such as at Sakura). And this if the peculiar embellishment is offered in the first place.

Oh, tororo gohan how I love thee... The slimy mountain root with clean flavor finish was a perfect complement to the oily rich soy sauce braised Mackerel below (+$3.50).

This was excellent stuff. Sweet and unctuous. And of course I poured some of the concentrated braise liquid also on my rice when nobody was looking. ;) The mix tempura happened to be the special of the day and without risking too much hyperbole was also near perfect. A very light crispy batter expertly executed by the chef with centers all at the correct doneness, bravo.

Ok so I love things fried, but the motherly nature of Okan makes sure I still have a nutritionally balanced meal. The arranged chicken karaage ($3) with a nice green onion and sweeter citrusy dressing was plated on a bed of fresh mizuna leaves.

The very light koromo is crispy and the chicken's inner juicy. The sauce which also seemed spiked with a little finely minced ginger was great and started to make my 'regular' karaage seem almost boring.
I love fried but I also love my cold tofu, here with a very tasty miso sauce (+$2.50)..

The miso a sweeter delicious seasoned with a little ginger, spice and everything nice. Stuff that makes me not immediately negate the possibility of ever becoming a vegetarian. If the day comes pigs may also fly but I'd eat these homemade pickles daily with. :)

I always wanted to start my own Nukazuke pickling culture. Maybe this is the year to start.
Most recent visit the special was a green bell pepper stuffed with mashed kabocha pumpkin which was then deep fried with panko.. Hello!

Was quite tasty and the Piman was also the thin-walled Japanese kind. Maybe you can get those at Nijiya?

Finishing with my personal highlight of the visits. This Gyu-suji Stew really hit the spot.

A full-flavored, full-bodied long simmer of very tender beef cartilage with root vegetables and konnyaku. I enjoyed this a lot.

Lunch is cash only and if you'd like to get a better sense of what's offered during, you can check out my past posts - Part Four, Part Three, another here, and first here. Evening meals are sort of scattered throughout the blog.

Until next time and hope you all have a great weekend and a nice 4th of July!

Wa Dining Okan, 3860 Convoy St, San Diego, CA 92111


K and S said...

I'm not a big fan of tororo unless it is in okonomiyaki ;) but this lunch looked great!

Dennis K. said...

Hi Kat! Ah man, I love tororo also over soba and udon, but especially rice. I can totally understand people who don't care for it though.

OkiHwn said...

The Gyu-suji Stew looks ono!

Dennis K. said...

Hi Nate! Very ono it was! :)

Kirbie said...

I love tororo!! *Squeal* I need to find a day I can go back for lunch now.

Dennis K. said...

Hi Kirbie! It's good stuff isn't it?? :)

Violet Séverine said...

Wow, what a delicious looking meal. Yum! ;)

Dennis K. said...

Hi Violet! long time, hope you're doing well. Okan is great. :)