We were very lucky to be invited to Brent’s colleague’s home tonight. Takashi and his lovely wife Riyo hosted a little “Good Luck” party for us and Riyo prepared some really, really good Japanese food for us and gave us some tips for our stay.Takashi works for Nissan but is at the University of Wisconsin right now working with the Nissan research group that Brent is a part of (and how we got this great opportunity in the first place!).
Riyo made okonomiyaki, a mix of cabbage, green onions, special flour, eggs, and pork belly (bacon) with any other added meats, topped with sauce, mayonnaise, shredded bonito (fish flakes) and seaweed powder. The easiest way to describe okonomiyaki is a Japanese style “pancake,” or fritter, that we would eat here. Riyo included shrimp and calamari in ours, and also gave me the recipe – I cannot wait to eat this again.
I was also a bit obsessed with their electric skillet/wok that let her prepare our food right at the table – I need one of these!
also made a salad of lettuce, nori (seaweed), and sesame oil, and we finished with a fruit jelly in an impressive bowl.
It was nice to chat with them tonight; we got a taste of what we might be experiencing, and they told us some places we should visit while we’re there! I’ve got to start planning for that now.