Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Noodles & BBQ

I'm vacationing in San Francisco having participated in a marathon last Sunday. Now that the running is over and the recovery has begun, we get to the good part – eating my way across the city.

It should be said that when it comes to Japanese noodles, I'm a bit of a nut. Udon, somen, soba, ramen, I could eat my weight. So yesterday when my lovely wife suggested that we stop at Mifune, a noodle shop in the Japan Center, during a bus ride across town, I was more than enthusiastic.

My soba were delicious as were E's ramen, but noodles aren't the real topic of this post. As an appetizer, I also ordered kushikatsu because I had never heard of it and because both the picture on the menu and the plastic replica in the window outside looked tasty. One really can't go wrong with breaded, deep-fried pork chunks on a stick. Imagine my surprise when I tasted the accompanying dipping sauce only to discover that it was mighty similar to Memphis BBQ sauce. I haven't had much of a chance to look, but I can't find any recipes confirming the ingredients. I tasted Worcestershire, vinegar, soy and pepper. I think the only thing missing was a tomato product and perhaps some sugar. I believe this bears further investigation as it pertains to development of The Sauce.

E took some pictures of our lunch, but I can't download them from her camera. Instead, here's a shot of kushikatsu I found on the Interweb.


Shannon said...

that looks like those rooty things we had at lobster king. but you didn't like those.

PLEASE bring me back something. anything. a burrito?

The Saucier said...

What is with you and the SF burritos? I've been here for days and haven't seen one burrito for sale.

RJA said...

You have to go to Little Summer Avenue for those (it's near the AutoZone).

Shannon said...

ok, a pork bun will do.

Stacey Greenberg said...

i LOVE SF burritos. and little summer is NOT the same, despite being good.

how exciting to see that you are back online and posting food pictures!

i miss E--bring her back soon!