rice cake confessional

adventures in eating

mitsuru cafe, little tokyo – los angeles

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Sunday pre-Disney I hung out with my old friend Paty. We go way back to our UP Diliman days when we spent many an afternoon chilling at street vendors eating banana-q and fish balls. Those were the days…

Not in Quezon City but still eating we found ourselves in Little Tokyo poking through cutesy Japanese toys and picking from a bunch of different cafes. We decided on Mitsuru Cafe purely on the fact that there was a lady in the window flipping little pancakes like a rockstar. The fried and saucy things on a stick also helped.


The outside is pancake-y but slightly sticky like it’s maybe made with some glutinious rice flour. Inside is sweet red bean paste. I usually love red beans but these were way too sweet for me. I had a hard time finishing one even though they weren’t very big at all. They were a $1 a piece and are called imagawayakis.


No clue what this is. It was heavy ball of glutinous rice flour smothered in a kinda fishy, very soy-y, super sticky brown sauce. We each ate 1 ball and left the rest.

This place is pretty hyped on Yelp but it didn’t really click with me tastewise. 2**

Mitsuru Cafe: 117 Japanese Village Plaza Mall, Los Angeles, California 90012


Written by joann

February 13, 2008 at 10:07 pm

Posted in dessert, japanese

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  1. The balls on a stick are called dango, and are a bit of an acquired taste. 🙂


    February 21, 2008 at 1:27 am

  2. Thanks for IDing them! Speaking of dango… I ventured away from my regular kdramas and tried to watch Hana Yori Dango. Same-same as the dangos above?


    February 21, 2008 at 9:53 pm

  3. I’m not familiar with the anime/manga and don’t speak a word of Japanese. Well, apart from knowing food names 😉
    Came across dango in the Japanese supermarkets of LA. And had a oh-wow-I-learned-something-from-anime moment when I saw a character on Naruto eat them.


    February 22, 2008 at 1:09 am

  4. any changes coming ?

    Family Fucking Incest

    August 4, 2009 at 5:35 pm

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