Call it the biggest Japanese pop-up restaurant in Tacoma. At least for an afternoon.
The annual Tacoma Buddhist Temple sukiyaki dinner is 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. An army of volunteers from the temple will not just serve the food, they also made all of it. They expect to serve hundreds of attendees during the four-hour event. The temple sells out every year, so get there early.
For sukiyaki neophytes, think of sukiyaki as a one-pot beef soup.
It’s served in a shallow pan filled with a sweetened soy broth loaded with thinly sliced beef, vegetables, thin rice noodles and tofu.
The dish is cooked on site, by scratch, by temple members.
The dinners are cooked to order in pans that date back more than 50 years when the temple’s leader at the time, Rev. Sadamaro Ouchi, bought the pans specifically for the annual fundraiser. As the event became more popular and attendance increased, the temple purchased more pans, but the original pans are still in circulation.
Beyond Japanese hot pot, temple volunteers will make and serve a few other dishes. There will be chicken teriyaki, miso soup, mochi ice cream and mochi cupcakes.
Menu items are prices $1 to $13. All proceeds support temple programs.
Meals can be eaten in the temple’s dining hall or can be ordered for take-out.
Tacoma Buddhist Temple Sukiyaki Dinner
Where: Tacoma Buddhist Temple, 1717 S. Fawcett Ave., Tacoma
When: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday (March 4)
Info: 253-627-1417, tacomabt.org
Note: Free admission. Menu items priced $1 to $13.