Visit Little Tokyo, and — even if you're a rabid manga fan or karaoke maniac — your trip will likely involve food. Perhaps yakisoba, fried noodles topped with bright red ginger. Or okonomiyaki, a pancake cooked with a variety of savory ingredients. (The name literally means “what you want.”) And the smell of fresh takoyaki, dumpling-like balls filled with diced octopus, can be hard to resist. Then there are Asian grocery stores selling produce such as kabocha, gobo (burdock) and shiso leaves.
On Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Japanese American National Museum will offer the chance to explore local foods on a walking tour called “Graze Little Tokyo Walk.” “The food tour will encompass the neighborhood's history, which is unique,” a museum worker told us.
The website says you'll sample Asian food such as lotus root and mochi (pounded rice). What else is on the itinerary? Check it out and let us know. Tomorrow's tour will be the first “Graze Little Tokyo Walk.” If it's successful — and how could it not? — the museum will offer more.
But call fast to reserve a spot — the museum says only a few remain. The price is $15 for members, $20 for non-members, and includes museum admission.