Thursday, July 28, 2011

Lantern Festival food

I was so excited about the Lantern Festival and all of the "festival food" I was going to partake in. Then I got out there and was disappointed. It wasn't anything like the normal festival food. No grilled squid on a stick. No cotton candy! I know! THAT should not be allowed. No grilled corn on the cob. I think that's why it took me so long to blog about it (4 days!). It takes me a few days to get over food disappointment. I mean....I could almost taste that grilled squid I was going to have.

I shouldn't be so down about it though. I should embrace the food that they did have. It was kind of neat I guess. They had food trucks from different areas set up in a parking lot. There was the Sasebo Burger truck. Sasebo burgers are supposed to be amazing. Unfortunately, it's best to get one in Sasebo so I had to pass. There were a few selling shaved ice.
Okay. That is festival food. I just wasn't in the mood for it. Then we saw a takoyaki (these doughy balls with octopus in the middle) truck. I got a little excited. We're getting somewhere. Unfortunately, Jason is not a big fan of takoyaki so we kept looking. There was a taco truck. Interesting. I have never seen a taco truck in Japan. I might have to do it.
Saw another shaved ice truck, but they also sold fresh strawberry softcream. Mmmmm!! But I need real food. Focus, Linda. That's when we saw it. IT was going to be our dinner. Yakisoba wrapped in an omelet.
Who knew? It smelled good, and it looked good. There was a line (usually a good sign). We stood in line and bought one to share. While standing in line, I noticed a truck that was selling beef wrapped rice balls. Really? How could I pass that up? We got our "omu-soba" and looked for a couple of seats. Luckily, there were some ladies who were just leaving so we grabbed their seats. We sat down and started eating the yakisoba. It was so good. We gobbled it up in no time.
Doesn't that look good?!

After we finished our omu-soba, I got up and went over to the beef wrapped rice ball truck and bought one for us to share. I took a picture, but I can't post it because it looks offensive. Seriously. Offensive. So, I tasted it and it was......not very good. The meat tasted like it was marinated in this really weird sauce. I took one bite and was done with it. Jason didn't like it either. As much as I hate throwing food away, that one went in the trash.

I'm looking forward to the festival at Kintai on 6 August. There will be all kinds of stalls with all of the wonderful festival food I crave. Candied apples, cotton candy, yakitori, grilled corn on the cob, and more! Bring it on! I also have to let you know, there will be an amazing fireworks display at the end of the evening. It is really beautiful! Buy a Yukata (summer kimono) if you don't already have one (Fuji Grand is having a huge sale on them right now) and head to Kintai on Saturday, the 6th.


  1. I love this blog. I wish you had told me about it sooner. In Hawaii we say, "I'm so ono for ...." Which means you have a food craving for fill in the blank. I fancy meself a foodie as well and enjoyed reading your blog. I look forward to the Kintai festival food, but.... not the crowds and the heat! Mahalo!

  2. Thank you so much Celeste! Arigato!! :)
    Ugh. I know. I am not looking forward to the heat and the crowd either. But I love the food and the fireworks are amazing!! :D

    I like that.."I'm so ono for..."

    Right now I'm so ono for some good pancakes!! :D

    Talk to you soon!!