Friday, December 28, 2012

Hitsumabushi at Sagami - Irvine

You'd be right in thinking that Sagami is another teriyaki and California roll lunch box factory; but you'd be only 10% right. The other 90% is what makes Sagami beloved among actual Japanese people. There are seasonal lunch special bentos that change, well, seasonally. Last fall, I had a mench katsu teisyoku there, the closest thing Japan has to a country fried steak, except lighter, crispier and eaten with plenty of rice.

Then there's the Nagoya-style dishes that turn this small space next to Subway as serious a temple to tradition as the sandwich shop is to the opposite. Try the hitsumabushi, roasted eel on rice served in a wide-brimmed bowl that you eat in three stages: first with just the rice; second with a sprinkle of nori, scallions, and wasabi; then, finally, with dashi broth for the finish.

Be forewarned. It is an expensive dish at $18.95. But when you consider that this is quite possibly the only place in Orange County that serves this dish, there's really only one other alternative: make it yourself.

If you'd rather go with that option, I turn you to Francis, who will also show you how to eat it. See below:

3850 Barranca Pkwy
Irvine, CA 92606
(949) 857-8030

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At 8:50 PM, Blogger Sommy Rhee said...

love your posts! i lived in irvine for a while now but i always learn something new on your site!

At 11:18 AM, Blogger elmomonster said...

Thank you Sommy! And just when I thought no one but me reads this blog anymore!

At 11:55 AM, Anonymous cks said...

Oh no, elmomonster, I have your blog bookmarked and look forward to reading it every week to see where you've been and where I need to try (either again or for the first time). Keep up the great work! It's very much appreciated. :)

At 1:56 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


Please continue your blog. I (and others, I'm certain) continually check it on a weekly, if not daily, basis. I couldn't deal with it if all we had of your writings was in the weekly...

At 4:23 PM, Blogger elmomonster said...

cks and Anon,

Thanks for your kind words! It's the fuel that makes it worth it for me to continue on this time and money consuming hobby of mine!

At 1:29 AM, Blogger EatTravelEat said...

Another really promising place to add onto my places to visit! The Hitsumabushi's price went up quite some; Sagami's online menu pricing is 2/3 of what it is now.

Love the Cooking with Dog reference.

Thanks for another great year of blogging! Happy new year!

At 8:58 AM, Blogger elmomonster said...

Happy New Year ETE! And anytime I can, I will always work in a Cooking with Dog video! This one was perfect for the subject, wasn't it?

At 10:27 PM, Blogger EatTravelEat said...

Finally tried the hitsumabushi out--it was as good as you said it was. Thanks for the recommendation!


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