Saturday, March 29, 2008
Ice cream truck
I have never seen an ice cream truck until I moved to this area of LA. Every Fridays around 6pm, you would hear music coming from the street. Yep, it is the ice cream truck. Friday is a great day for the ice cream guy. This area is filled with kids and families, and all of them rush around the truck once they hear the music. This past Friday, too, there were at least 30 people buying ice cream! When I was a kid back in Japan, there were still lots of retailers selling stuff with the cart, bicycle, etc. Tofu was one of them. They usually played very distinctive melody with little trumpet (rappa). Whenever my mom heard the music, she asked me to grab a pot and run to the street. And, I did. The Tofu man scooped Tofu out of a big pot with water and put it into my small pot. I remember Tofu tasted soooo good. They also sold a bag of "okara", which we often used to either cook "unohana" (http://thumbnail.image.rakuten.co.jp/@0_mall/jagaimo/cabinet/00186491/img14328128.jpg) or give it to our beloved rabbits at school. The guy who sold us "okara" often gave us "okara" free or even if we had to pay I believe it was like 10 yen. To learn more about "okara", go to Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Okara_(food). # I also found out that Okara was the name of a city in Pakistan. I don't see them any longer.