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Takopa

Posted on Sunday February 06, 2011 at 9:59pm in ,

This weekend was a lot of fun. On Saturday I had a takopa, or takoyaki party, with the new Japanese students. Before we could have a takopa though, we had to get some octopus – the main ingredient. Since you can’t buy it anywhere in Eau Claire, we had to go to Minneapolis’ Asian Market, United Noodles. Here are some pictures I took along the way.

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Water Street in Winter.

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Roadside.

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The fog looked really nice on the snowy trees.

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Finally, United Noodles!

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We started the party kind of late, so everyone was pretty hungry. We started the cooking immediately:

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First batch.

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Hitomi is from Osaka, which is famous for Takoyaki. So we wanted her to do most of the cooking…

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Perfect!

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Tetsushi decided to give it a shot, too.

We cooked takoyaki for nearly 3 hours, eating the whole time. It was a lot of food, so everyone got really full. Then, we also had mochi-ice cream, which is a powdered, chewy rice ball with ice cream inside. We got strawberry and vanilla. This was always one of my favorite Japanese sweets.

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Abba and I.

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Everyone. The guy on the far left is Park, he is from Korea.

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Bryan and everyone else also liked the takoyaki.

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And Olivia liked the mochi-ice cream!

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