A couple of Sundays ago, The Club (our foodie friends group) decided to go Japanese. We originally planned to go to Wabi Sabi Noodle House only to find out that they’re closed on Sundays. Thus we proceeded to Hana in Little Tokyo instead.
Then came my Wakame Soba. Wakame is a type of seaweed, it’s those dark green leaves floating on the left side of my bowl in the photo above. I liked the nice, clean, and slightly sweet taste of the soup. It tasted very natural. The noodles were cooked perfectly al dente.
I opted not to avail of the free rice because my lunch special included Salmon Onigiri (pictured above). Onigiri is a triangular Japanese rice ball, usually wrapped in seaweed and filled with different food items. This one had salmon flakes inside it. I love onigiri, I always buy different kinds when I’m in Japan. Onigiri is so common there you can get it from any convenience store and they always taste good. Hana’s Salmon Onigiri is a bit on the bland side though…
We also ordered an okonomiyaki from Kagura, the restaurant next door. That’s the great part about dining at Little Tokyo, you can cross order from other restos and they’ll bring the food to whichever place you’re dining in. Okonomiyaki is a savory Japanese pancake made with batter, shredded cabbage, and meats and/or seafood of your choice. Like the takoyaki, it is topped with Japanese mayonnaise and tonkatsu-like sauce. We had Okonomiyaki with pork, squid, and shrimp (P310, pictured above). It’s really good, just like the ones I’ve had in Tokyo and Osaka.
Little Tokyo Compound
Don Chino Roces Ave., Makati City