Experiencing Premium Japanese Food and Drink at Intercontinental Park Lane

We went to experience Premium Japanese Food and Drink at the Sauce Communications and JETRO organised event held in the beautiful ballroom of the Intercontinental Park Lane.

We were warmly welcomed with glasses of malbec, chardonnay or the non-alcholic options included lovely floral green teas or orange juice.

We started with beautiful coco dusted, seared yellow tail tuna on a refreshing bed of fennel, orange and avocado salad:

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Next we sampled the sencha poached chicken breast which was still moist and was complemented by the nuttyness of the broad beans and slight heat from the radish.

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Miso glazed scallops served on a bed of soba noodles and topped with crisp tempura green onions created a well balanced dish in terms of flavour and textures.

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One of the highlights of the evening was the melt-in-the-mouth chargrilled Wagu sirloin served on a velvety bed of confit garlic potato puree and decorated with vibrant green English asparagus tips – a match made in heaven!

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The English truffle and wild mushroom risotto had a great earthly depth of flavour:

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Kamaboko was served with soy at the Kikkoman table. It reminded us of crab sticks from our childhood, but more refined.

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Another dish that was bursting with flavours was the scallop sashimi with wasabi salsa – though one had to watch out for the wasabi hit as it clears your nostrels!

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Photo from: Japanese (JP) Food & Drink

Nigeri being prepared with a lady in a beautiful, traditional dress! This was some of the best nigeri we have tried on our travels:

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We could not miss the theatre and flavour sensations of the Yellow Tail Tuna sushi being created at the Yashin stall. There was impressive knife skills coupled with beautiful presentation:

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We rounded of our meal with Maccha Cheesecake, which was full of green tea notes and prettily decorated with a black seseame tulie, and Strawberry Eton Mess, though we found this one was too creamy for our liking as it had a higher ratio of cream to fruit and meringue; a bit of a shame as we like Eton mess.

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As we talked about our highlights of the evening from the talks and evening reception, we sampled delights from Minamoto Kitchen. Our particular favourite petit fours were the cocoa dusted rice gel balls and the dark chocolate rice cookies with their unique layer of dark chocolate ganache sandwiched between two thin cocoa rice cookie. The perfect end to a wonderful evening!

Twitter: @SauceComms @jpfoodlondon #Japan #MAFF @icparklane @InterConHotels @JETRO_info

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For two of our favourite products to use and serve at home visit:

http://www.kikkoman.co.uk/

http://www.kitchoan.com/

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International food and travel blog by London based British Goan duo: Jason and Chiara Pinto. Twitter: @goantolondon @jasonpinto100 @chiarapinto About Goa: Goa is a small state on the western coast of India. Though the smallest Indian state, Goa has played an influential role in Indian history. Goa was one of the major trade centers in India, thus it had always been attracting the influential dynasties, seafarers, merchants, traders, monks and missionaries since its earliest known history. Throughout its history Goa has undergone continual transformation, leaving an indelible impression on various aspects of its cultural and socio-economic development. History of Goa: The East-West symbiosis of Goa makes it different from other parts of India, more than the historical and social niche. The history of Goa is a sweet and sour story of colonial heritage, oppressive rulers, a glorious culture, and uneventful immediate past. As a land with the identity of its own, Goa was brought into focus when it was liberated of Portugal from its oppressive rule of around 450 hundred years in 1961. Goa was captured and annexed to the Portuguese in 1510 following the urges of trade and demand of spices and also cottons and indigo. But, Goa has a history that starts much before Portugal even thought of Goa being where it is. Goa was coveted and ruled by a great number of Indian kingdoms and dynasties from the 4th century onwards. The first kingdom to rule Goa and Konkan were Bhojas, who were the feudatories of Ashoka in 4th and 5th centuries AD. The city of Chandrapur (present Chandor) was founded by Prince Chandraditya, son of Chalukya King Pulakesin from 566 to 597 A.D. after this, Goa was ruled consecutively by Silahara Dynasty, Kadamba Danasty, and finally Hoysalas from 1022 to 1342 A.D. From the 14th century onwards, Goa became a great trading center on the west coast, especially in the vast trade of horses imported from the Middle East. This was the time for bigger empires to move in and Vijayanagar Empire conquered it in 1344. But there empire was not going to last too long and in 1347, Bahmani Sultans defeated Vijayanagara forces in 1347 and controlled Goa. Afterwards, it was a time of great prosperity and peace for Gpa, especially during the rules of Yusuf Adil Shah and Ismail Adil Shah. They created beautiful houses, fortified Goa, and encouraged local craftsmen. Their liberal and progressive rule was not going to last too long and situation changed in 1510 A.D. Goa for all purposes was not on the Portuguese Radar even after a long time of their presence in India. When the Portuguese nobleman Alfonso de Albuquerque and his cousin Francisco de Albuquerque were sent with a powerful fleet in 1503 on the orders of King Dom Manuel I, the purpose was to defend the cargoes of spices, mostly pepper, against Arab Muslim raiders. The center of spice trade was Calicut at that time and Portuguese had built forts in Cochin and Cannanore. It was in 1506-08 that an opportunistic pirate, Timoja, persuaded Albuquerque to attack Goa and acquire a better land base. This made Goa, Portugal's first real territorial acquisition in Asia. After a brief period of recapturing by the Muslims, Goa Albuquerque finally captured Goa in 1510. The inquisition of Goa in 1540 reversed the previous liberal policy of Albuquerque and imposed strict censorship of literature and new laws to forbade non-Christians from professions. Forced conversions took place continuously, censorship was established on literature, the temples were destroyed, and non-Christian priests, holy men, and teachers were evicted. This led to continuous fleeing of Hindus from Goa to other parts of India. It is not that the relationship with Portugal brought only destruction for the Goans. Portuguese also built great churches like the church of St. Cajetan and Bom Jesus basilica in Old Goa, which is a pilgrimage site for the Christians from around the world. But it is also true that pre-1961; Goa was a highly impoverished region very backward and primitive. It is after the liberation that Goa of today has emerged and it has surprised even the locals many of whom had left their homeland before its liberation. Portugal and India are today friends and Goa continues to be a fascinating blend of Latin and Oriental. Information sourced from: http://www.royalorienttrain.com/goa/goa-history.html
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