Have lunch, help out temple

Tacoma fundraiser centers on hearty Japanese soup

sue.kidd@thenewstribune.comFebruary 27, 2013 

For 51 years, members of the Tacoma Buddhist Temple have simmered sukiyaki, a one-pot meal that they serve to the public as a way to raise money for the temple and its programs. This Sunday is the annual fundraiser at the church.

The sukiyaki is cooked in pans that date back to 1962 when the temple’s minister at the time, Rev. Sadamaro Ouchi, bought the aluminum pans specifically for the annual sukiyaki dinner. Over the years, other pans have joined the service, but the recipes — and even many of the temple cooks — have remained the same.

On the menu is made-to-order sukiyaki, a meal of thinly sliced beef, saifun noodles, tofu, green onions and veggies, all lightly cooked in a flavorful broth. Temple members also will serve chicken teriyaki, teriyaki beef kabobs, vegetable kabobs, rice, mochi cupcakes and mochi ice cream. Items are priced individually and range from $1-$12. Diners should arrive promptly — items may sell out early.

Sue Kidd: 253-597-8270 sue.kidd@thenewstribune.com

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