Target Free Family Saturday to Celebrate Asian Pacific Heritage

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Kidding Around the Kitchen's hands-on curry cooking class at JANM.

Target Free Family Saturday will celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month at the Japanese American National Museum on Saturday, May 12, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Sponsored by Target, these special Saturdays are filled with fun activities giving families unique ways to learn, play, and grow together. The schedule is as follows:

11 a.m. to 4 p.m. — Mighty Boba Truck will be giving away mini-sized boba milk teas (for children only, while supplies last).

12 p.m. — A sushi tasting with Toshi Sushi (for children only, while supplies last).

1 p.m. – A Hawaiian food tasting with Aloha Cafe (for children only, while supplies last).

1 to 4 p.m. – Make Asian fusion chicken noodle soup with Kidding Around the Kitchen.

2 p.m. – A Korean roti (bread) tasting with Cafe Dulce (for children only, while supplies last).

3 p.m. – A Japanese pastry tasting with Mikawaya (for children only, while supplies last).

For more information, call the museum at (213) 625-0414 or visit www.janm.org.

Kidding Around the Kitchen (KATK) brings a “hands-on” cooking experience and lesson in which the kids actively participate in the preparation of recipes. The result of their cutting, measuring, cooking, and then eating their creations is more than simply a lesson in health. They get to see, touch, smell, and taste the fruits, vegetables, nuts, cheeses, eggs, meats, and other ingredients that they may never have previously seen in their raw form. Info: www.kiddingaroundthekitchen.com

The Mighty Boba Truck offers main dishes, known as Mighty Heroes, featuring Buttermilk Popcorn Chicken, Island Pork Chop, Taiwanese Sweet Sausage, and Marinated Tofu Steak. In addition, it serves sides (called Sidekicks) such as Sweet Butter Toast, Condensed Milk Toast, and Honey Sweet Potato Fries. Specials of the Month are invented to add to the variety of flavors.

The Mighty Boba Truck features Boba Man and his sidekicks, the Curry Potato Balls.

Most importantly, The Mighty Boba Truck delivers TASTE-omizable Mighty Concoctions, made-to-order tapioca boba tea beverages. Choose from black tea, green tea, several milk teas (regular, honey, almond) and many refreshing teas (passion fruit, honey, mango), with or without sweet gummy boba balls. Special requests (less sugar/milk, etc.) are welcome. And just like the food selection, a new Flavor of the Month is introduced to stimulate different taste buds. Info: www.mightyboba.com

Toshi Sushi owner Chef Toshihiko Seki is one of a few Edomae (traditional) sushi chefs. He was trained in Japan, and has more than 30 years of experience. For more information, visit Toshi Sushi’s Facebook page.

Aloha Cafe has been proudly serving Hawaiian food since 1996. Originally located in Monterey Park, Aloha Cafe prides itself on serving authentic island-style cuisine in a laid-back atmosphere. Come visit the new location in Little Tokyo, inside Honda Plaza (across from Office Depot). Info: www.eatatalohacafe.com

Cafe Dulce, located in the Japanese Village Plaza, is one of Little Tokyo’s newest coffee shops. For more information, visit www.cafedulce.co.

Mikawaya has taken pride in the manufacture and sales of traditional Japanese pastries, known as wagashi, since 1910. For more information, visit www.mikawayausa.com.

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