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Okonomiyaki and Takoyaki Night + The Informant!

Posted on Sunday September 27, 2009 at 2:41am in ,

On Thursday, Bryan, Larry, and I went to Minneapolis to attend a Windows 7 Launch Conference. On top of getting free shirts and copies of Windows 7 Ultimate, we stopped by United Noodles (a large asian outlet store) and got some supplies for making Okonomiyaki and Takoyaki.

Today, we put all of it to the test.

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Delicious little baby octopus de-thawing in water.

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Bryan getting some stuff ready.

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Skinning the “slime potato.”

It’s actually called a Nagaimo. It’s a type of Japanese mountain yam that excretes a lot of goo when skinned or grated. It’s a big pain to cook with them because of this. We just call it a slime potato.

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Bryan teaching Mike how to grate the slime potato.

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Stirring Okonomiyaki batter.

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Cooking Okonomiyaki is basically the art of combining several gross things together to make something delicious.

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Cutting up the octopus.

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Jordan and Chris getting ready to eat.

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Tasty little octopus legs.

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Frying the okonomiyaki.

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I made the takoyaki!

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Okonomiyaki!

Both turned out great! We did it with mostly American bought items. I think the only thing bought in Japan was the sauce we used to top it with.

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Great Success!

After the feast was over, we went to the 9:55 of…

The Informant!

Okonomiyaki, Takoyaki

Matt Damon stars in the truly unbelievable real-life story of Mark Whitacre, who becomes an informant for the FBI, selling out his own company which he has a high-ranking job at. Unfortunately, Mark also seems to be a compulsive liar. Does hilarity ensue? As it turns out, this is a pretty interesting movie to make a comedy out of, as the real life events were in no way funny. However, turning Mark Whitacre’s character into such a quirky and random person with very puzzling inner-monologues did make for quite a few laughs. The general consensus on this one was favorable. We all liked it. I wouldn’t call it a must see, but if you have time you should check it out.

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