Monday, August 23, 2010

Screaming Mimi's

Ever have baked oysters for breakfast?  I have.  I love oysters. I like them raw or cooked, and pretty much any time of the day is fine for me.  If you like oysters, Screaming Mimi's in the Lonsdale Quay is just for you.  I was at a car show sponsored by the Datsun club a few years ago (haha, they invited us, a bunch of first generation Honda Civic guys) and because we had to set up pretty early in the morning, I didn't get a chance to have breakfast.  So after setting up, I wandered over to the quay to look for a bite to eat.  It was either McDonald's or the food court....yuck.  I was just about to leave when out of the corner of my eye, I saw what I thought was baked oysters....I took a step back, and I was right.  Why had I never noticed this before?  I always knew they had raw oysters, but baked in what appeared to be Kewpie??? 
Usually I'll get oysters on the half-shell topped with a mixture of Kewpie mayo and a bit of miso paste, broiled until the crust is golden brown.  This little recipe (with varying proportions of Japanese mayo and Miracle Whip, depending on the quality of the restaurant) is commonly known as kaki motoyaki, and one of my favourites.  Screaming Mimi's had a whole new take on it that I'd never seen - oysters baked on a bun...perhaps a Portuguese bun. 
They had baked oysters on the half-shell as well.

Screaming Mimi's had a nice assortment of all kinds of other seafood but I stuck to my oysters baked on a bun.  I've had mentaiko and mayo baked with a bit of cheese on a bun once in Shinjuku, but I've never had oyster baked on a bun.  It was a great combination and I went back for seconds....actually fourths because I got two at a time.  I tried to replicate this at home and it turned out pretty easy to make.  The bun absorbs all the oil from the mayo instead of pooling at the botton when you bake it on the half-shell.  Glorious. 

Anyway, I remember the price being pretty reasonable because that morning, when I set off in search of food, I was just looking for a quick, cheap bite to eat.  Check it out, Screaming Mimi's.

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