Takoyaki and Taro at the 2011 Lunar New Year Festival

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Photos by Groovehouse
Freshly-poured takoyaki batter.
There were fewer food booths at the 2011 Lunar New Year Festival this year, but that didn't mean the vendors at the Chinese Community Center were any less creative in their offerings. The longest line of the day belonged to a food stand that was turning out little egg puffs stuffed with octopus: takoyaki, that Japanese street food favorite.

The takoyaki stand had three lines: One for the little puffs, one for pastries shaped like rabbits and filled with lavender-colored taro, and one for Hong Kong-style egg waffles. All three offerings were going as fast as they were being made. Other lines were moving faster, but none culminated in a cup full of octopus balls or a waffle cone.

The second longest line ended at a booth selling two more favorites: congee and beef chow fun. I grabbed one of each along with a Thai-style milk tea from the Kim's Tea House booth and made a cross-cultural meal out of it, Japanese egg puffs, Hong Kong beef chow fun, Chinese congee and Thai tea all mingling happily together.

And those bunny-shaped taro pastries made for an excellent breakfast the next morning with coffee. What a way to ring in the Year of the Rabbit.

See more photos from the Lunar New Year Festival in our slideshow.

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It was a long wait, but i really like the takoyaki. The wind wasn't helping as most of the toppings kept flying away. I kinda of wish they had mayo but at least was hot when it was my turn. I ask them why the long wait and it seems no electricity was to blame. I agree with the article though, because the pastry was good. The red bean bunny shape pastry was okay but I liked the purple thing (taro) better. Too cute to eat :)

Dave Foong
Dave Foong

I was actually really excited for the takoyaki. Alas, after waiting in line for 20 minutes, I was told that line only had egg waffles. Never mind, I had the time and wait again for another 30 minutes. But sadly, the takoyaki was poorly executed. Not a great way to introduce my buddy to these usually amazing octopus balls after all my hyping up.Cue sad face... :(

My winner for the day? Taiwanese sausages. Yes, it was probably just cooked up pre-packaged sausages but it was oh so delicious. All hail the power of pork and lots of fat.

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