To fully experience a Japanese Matsuri, getting a taste of Japanese festival food is a must. All Matsuri will have small demise or shops that sell Takoyaki (a batter with octopus inside shaped into a ball), Kakigori (shave ice flavored with syrup), and Yakisoba (Japanese-style stir fried noodles). These are staple foods during the Matsuri season, but with the right ingredients you can easily enjoy these dishes in your home.
Takoyaki is a go-to Matsuri food. It is a ball-shaped puff that is specially made by spinning batter in a molded hot plate. Tako, or octopus, is put in the middle and seasoned with sauce. Takoyaki can also be made in your home with just a few ingredients.
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Mix eggs and takoyaki mix in bowl (according to directions)
Heat takoyaki pan with oil and pour batter to fill the holes of the pan.
Drop octopus pieces in the batter in each hole, and sprinkle with green onions
Cook at medium heat for 1-2 minutes and turn over using a turner
Cook another 3-4 minutes, turning constantly.
Pour sauce and mayo over them and garnish with Aonori (green dried seaweed) and Katsuobushi (dried bonito flakes).
Kakigori, or shave ice, is often eaten at festivals with fruit flavored syrup. Popular flavors are green tea, strawberry, melon, sweet plum and condensed milk. It’s much fluffier than a snow cone and is made by shaving ice with a machine.
Shave Ice (Kakigori)
Shave Ice (Kakigori)
Shaved Ice Toys
Place 2 Tbsp. Matcha (green tea) powder and 1/2 cup sugar in a mixing bowl, pour in 150ml boiling water, and stir well until dissolved. Let syrup cool
Shave ice into a bowl to make mound of shaved ice
Pour 4 Tbsp. of the Green Tea syrup over the ice
Decorate with Anko (red bean paste) and Dango (sweet dumpling) and eat quickly!
Yakisoba, or Japanese stir fry noodles, typically includes vegetables and pork seasoned with sweet and savory sauce. Two steel spatulas are used to mix and stir the noodles. This quick and easy meal can be made at home with variety of added flavors.
Cut up fresh vegetables (cabbage/onion/carrots/leeks) and meat of choice into bite size pieces
Heat up frying pan with oil and grill meat until cooked through
Add vegetables and continue to cook until soft
Add pre-cooked yakisoba noodles and add some water (if directed by noodle package)
Add packaged sauce or any Worcester sauce for flavor
Sprinkle Aonori seaweed for garnish and enjoy