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Mar Vista’s Bacon, Egg, and Bonito ‘Okonomiyaki Burrito’ Is a Japanese-Mexican Road Meals Traditional

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Los Ángeles is a metropolis of tacos, with new taquerías popping up on road corners across the county weekly. To assist us get by means of all of them, L.A. TACO presents our Taco of the Week” column, the place we have fun the most recent taco we’ve eaten that blew our minds.

Takuma Fumoto is a superhero on Centinela.

Not solely as a result of the native of Japan and longtime L.A. road meals presence stepped out of his truck in March to defend a mother and her baby from a random assault on the Mar Vista avenue the place he operates. But additionally as a result of he places yakisoba in his burritos and pork tonkatsu in his quesadillas and manages to make all of it work.

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Takama Fumoto. Photograph by Hadley Tomicki for L.A. TACO.

Takuma has been establishing U.S. quick meals favorites with a Japanese lilt on the L.A. asphalt since first opening a stand in Silver Lake in 2013. There he provided soused revelers fleeing Los Globos the recent burgers, takoyaki, shaggily battered and audibly crisp waffle fries, and different inexpensive eats they required in occasions of nice metabolic demand. After getting his truck in 2017, he was pushed off the streets by 2020’s plague earlier than making a short-lived reemergence within the outdated hood.

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Takuma’s Burger, Mar Vista. Photograph by Hadley Tomicki for L.A. TACO.

However at present, you’ll usually discover Takuma’s Burger parked at Centinela and Venice Boulevard, straddling the curb exterior of Mar Vista’s Mitsuwa, the nationwide Japanese grocery store beloved and besieged by the Westside’s high-median householders, Asian emigres, and ramen-addicted College materials alike.

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Takuma’s Kara-age. Photograph by Hadley Tomicki for L.A. TACO.

There he does a brisk enterprise in crushable curios like clam chowder croquettes, hush puppies, yakitori-shaded kara-age, and burgers with toppings that span the gamut from crab muffins and Kewpie mayo to veggie croquettes and unagi sauce. It’s clear Takuma fires on an improvisational wavelength, thriving in crafting meals that’s as whimsical as it’s adored, if not perhaps a bit provocative in sure circles which will really feel their peanut butter ought to have by no means collided along with your chocolate.

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Takuma’s okonomiyaki burrito. Photograph by Hadley Tomicki for L.A. TACO.

The chef lately went public with a secret, off-menu dish: his okonomiyaki burrito. That’s, a flour tortilla rolled up alongside a glut of the fried, Worcestershire-seasoned wheat noodles often called yakisoba, with cabbage, bonito flakes, Kewpie, egg, teriyaki sauce, mozzarella cheese, seaweed powder, and reward the lord, bacon.

Okonomiyaki, a scorching wheat pancake usually topped with meat, cabbage, purple ginger, and tidy squirts of a number of sauces however susceptible to infinite interpretations, perhaps to Tokyo road meals what the bacon-wrapped sizzling canine is to Los Angeles.

If you’re wandering the intersections of Roppongi after a number of too many, dazed and confused by all of the lights, you understand you’ve landed in the fitting spot when undulating flakes of bonito wave to you from a sidewalk teppan (griddle) earlier than sitting down and doing one thing you’ll most likely remorse the next day however desperately want for the time being.

Okonimayaki burrito. Photo by Hadley Tomicki for L.A. TACO. 
Okonomiyaki burrito. Photograph by Hadley Tomicki for L.A. TACO.

Takuma sells these burritos for $12, with the choice of a kimchi burrito for many who received’t get excessive on the hog. He additionally provides a quesadilla model.

Captivated by the idea, we had been tremendous stoked to seek out the burrito is sweet. Actually good. The tender tortilla cedes right into a smoky realm we are able to’t bear in mind tasting inside a burrito earlier than, wealthy with the layered flavors of soy sauce, accents of funky cabbage, the sudden chunk of pickled ginger, tender scrambled egg, and sticky cubes of salty, thick-cut bacon. The yakisoba, in the meantime, performs like a wheat-ier, Japanese model of fideo, a slick tangle of starch sponging up and liberating all of the sauces held inside for a texturally vigorous mouthfeel.

Regardless of its hybrid nature, the burrito doesn’t strike one as fusion a lot as a big focus of Japanese road meals flavors inside a great, handheld vessel. We additionally did the bacon-less model with kimchi, which works, however is secondary to the model full of pork stomach. One can even order it with popcorn rooster or shrimp.

The one factor lacking from our burritos was a strong and sharp salsita to set them off. We deployed our personal bottle of Marie Sharp’s to profitable outcomes at house and in addition paired the burritos with the canned, Kyoto-made Junmai of L.A.-based model Sake Excessive!

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Takuma’s tonkatsu quesadilla. Photograph by Hadley Tomicki for L.A. TACO.

We dug right into a tonkatsu quesadilla, as properly, having fun with the tender, fried pork cutlet encrusted with candy batter, fried onions, and cheddar cheese, together with the subdued acidity of mustard and Worcestershire sauce and the lingering bitter end of child arugula. Like many tonkatsu sandos, it was even higher revisited the subsequent day after an evening within the fridge.

For a Mexican meals fetishist and former neighbor who as soon as lived off Mitsuwa’s chilly tonkatsu sandwiches and marveled on the market’s surprise appearance of a yakisoba sandwich, Takuma Burger’s okonomiyaki burrito and tonkatsu quesadilla felt like the fitting factor to be loved in the fitting place.

We’re keen to come back again for a chunk of that tortilla stuffed with smoke.

Takuma’s Burger ~ 3760 S. Centinela Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90066

The truck generally seems at this location from 12:00 pm ~7:00 pm, Tues-Sunday, with occasional days off for catering occasions. At all times greatest to verify with Instagram.

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