L and I recently attended the Calgary Japanese Festival Omatsuri in Bridgeland. We paid our $5.00 entrance fee and proceeded to buy $20 worth of food tickets before heading off to explore the grounds.
From the main food area, I sampled a large bowl of soba noodles ($3.00). The noodles were far better than the version I make at home. The noodles were a rich dark brown and toothsome, topped with sliced egg omelet, radish and fish cake. We also eyed the okonomaki ($3.00), but instead, decided to head over to Shogun Teppanyaki Grill.
We ordered yakisoba with chicken ($5.00), a Pop Shoppe Lime ($3.00) and korokke ($5.00). When our order came up, the woman who took our order apologized, as she accidentally gave our korokkes away to another customer. No worries – Shogun was slammed hard that day. The line-up was crazy long and from what I could spy, there was only one cook and the lone woman manning the front.
The chicken was flavourful and well-seasoned while the yakisoba was soft and wet. It was advertised as having mixed grilled vegetables, but the bits of cabbage and broccoli were raw. No biggie for us, as we enjoyed the crunch of the vegetables.
The korokke is addicting. The exterior was delightfully crunchy while the mashed potato mixture inside was soft, rich and smooth. I love the bits of melted cheddar cheese and the pieces of maple bacon mangled in the potato mixture. I don’t normally frequent food trucks, but I would like to return to try their takoyaki and another order of korokke.