Thursday, July 21, 2011


Unfortunately, I have a torn deltoid ligament and a bone injury so cooking is a bit of a challenge. I hope to be back on my feet in less than a month.Until then the posts are going to be simple recipes and restaurant reviews.

This week my friend and I went to Ooka, a Japanese restaurant in Montgomeryville.

We started out with Peeky Toe Crab Taco’s they are currently a special at Ooka and Peeky Toe crabs are only available a few months out of the year, so I highly suggest going to get them ASAP. They were tiny tacos that were super crunchy and filled with Peeky Toe crab and a corn salsa. They were better than we expected.  Delicious taco’s at a Japanese restaurant, who would have thought!  

 Peeky Toe Crab Tacos

For our next dishes my friend ordered the Tempura Udon, which is Udon noodles in a fish and seaweed flavored stock with spinach, scallion, shitake mushrooms. Served on the side are tempura shrimp and seasonal vegetables. The flavor was a bit strong for me but she loved the dish.



I had the Mushroom To-ban, exotic Japanese mushrooms served in a Hot-pot with yuzo-soy sauce. This had to be the most outstanding dish of the night. The waiter brought it out in a hot-pot and took the lid off. Then tons of steam and aroma released and begged you to dig in, but clearly you have to wait until it cools down because it was bubbling. Once it finally cools down and you have a bite, it is delectable. It was one of the most amazing mushroom dishes I have ever had and I almost missed it on the menu. It is entirely gluttonous and rich so I would share it with people or take some home. 

 Mushroom To-ban (you can see it bubbling)

For our main meals we each ordered sushi. My friend ordered the Ooka Shrimp Dragon Roll, which was gorgeous! It is tempura shrimp, eel, avocado, tobiko, and eel sauce. She loved it. 

 Ooka Shrimp Dragon Roll

I ordered the Mixed Vegetable Roll and the Asparagus and Pumpkin Tempura Roll. For those of you who know me, know that, I hate tempura in my sushi. Cold and fried is not in my vocab! As a vegetarian there are very limited options for rolls without tempura so every so often I order one. I am so happy I ordered the Asparagus and Pumpkin Tempura Roll because the fried flavor actually worked with this sushi! Yumm!

I like their Mixed Vegetable Roll too, it is my old standby when I go to Ooka, nothing that stands out too much about it, but it is a good vegetable roll. 

 Mixed Vegetable Roll and the Asparagus and Pumpkin Tempura Roll

Last but not least I have to at least mention the drinks. I had two mojito’s; peach and key lime. I’m not always impressed by Ooka’s drinks but I absolutely loved the peach mojito! Although, the key lime was a bit of a let down, so I won’t be getting that again.

 Peach Mojito

Key Lime Mojito

764 Bethlehem Pike
Montgomeryville PA 18936

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