Mon Taste Japan
In the heart of Leederville if you want authenthic yummy Japanese Izakaya Style come down to Mon taste Japan it makes you feel close to Japan . Its cozy atmosphere which captivates Japanese culture makes your dining experience feel more intimate.
On this night was also a special sake tasting for a new arrival. Kiku-masune Sake Brewery representative came to visit from Japan . They were showcasing 2 selections. First was Junmai Taru Sake & Junmai Koujo Sake.
For Junmai Taru there was a fruity aroma, the temperature which was semi cool room temperature was just right to get that dry character . Which was extra smooth. At cold temperature the flavour changes to somewhat fruity so the dry character becomes richer towards the end.
Junmai Koujo, was quite fruity but at room temperature there wasn't much of a contrast . The representative stated it was similar to daiginjo. The texture of the sake doesn't remind of a daiginjo, but the fruity richness did. To make it they used the traditional Kimoto Method where poles are used for the yeast starter to make the fermentation to convert starch to sugar to alcohol faster. For tasting we were given at room temperature preferably I would think colder would be better to bring up acidity to refresh the palate.
To go with our sake, we chose a few dishes:
Crispy Lotus Chips - Ahhh my kinda of chips and its healthy too :p , the lotus chips was not too thick it was thin like and crispy just as it should be.
Japanese Okonomiyaki pancake - Your first bite into the layer of okonomi sauce which is not "oversweet" but perfect balance of sweet and salty. The inside of the okonomiyaki still held its shape and you can enjoy in one mouth-full.
Chicken Kaarage- crispy chicken nuggets size the chicken inside is juicy and tender mayonaise to dip on the side.
Fresh Sashimi - The cut of the fish is dealt with precision that it just melts in your mouth, with sake it cleanses and combines beautifully in your making your palate wanting more..
Enjoyable evening with great food and Japanese sake.
Hello Sake Lovers~
So for our mother's special I showcase a new category Sparkling Sake. Our new selection from Ozeki Corporation .
Some education about Sparkling sake, compared to the common of sake this category is made to be sweet. It is like a Japanese Champagne , the bubbles are like a tingly sensation on the palate like champagne or sparkling wine does.
So I showcase the following:
Hana-Awaka Sparkling- The aroma creates a join from the start to finish , ripe like banana with vanilla cream notes. On the palate was elegantly sweet and smooth and doesn't linger.
Hana-Fuga Peach Sparkling- the aroma is of a fresh peach as the sake it is a peach sparkling, flavour is sweetness of a peach which doesn't feel like drinking sake.
Hana-Fuga Yuzu Sparkling- the aroma is of freshly squeeze lemon as the sake suggest it is yuzu sparkling, flavour is of sour and sweet, like a yummy sparkling lemonade.
From the turn out we had mix there wasn't stand out flavour, each customer had a favourite for everyone one them.
If they didn't like flavoured sake it was because it didn't give them the nihonshu feel , then people would choose Hana-awaka(original sparkling) which most customer could get a different flavours and aromas which made it interesting.
The customers who didn't like the taste of nihonshu preferred the flavour type of sake .
Peach sparkling it didn't suit the customers who preferred dry and smooth so it was it was favourite for customers who enjoy the fruity sweetness .
Yuzu sparkling was a balance between sour and sweet was a favourite for those customers who didn't like overpowering sweetness . Which felt like refreshing lemonade.
A normal Japanese Cream Bun???
Well that's the question is it? Definitely not your average cream bun but its definitely the closest to Japan.
A new pastry shop Hattendo Perth Cafe has open up recently located in the Melbourne Hotel definitely worth a visit to enjoy some sweet goods and great tasting food the ambience really captures the rebirth of Melbourne Hotel.
Tonight while enjoying the yummy cream buns I decided to play with my sake again and plum wine.
Firstly the bun...
I purchase a box of 5 to give me all the flavours to try.
Ippin Junmai Daiginjo
Sawahime Junmai gold
Hakusturu Junmai Daingjo
Choya green tea Umeshu
Azuki Bean : Well before even eating the bun or cutting through it I firstly assumed the azuki bean would definitely red in colour to symbolise the rich sweetness it should bring , but to my surprise that wasn't' the case, the azuki bean was mix up with the cream so when eating the cream itself it wasn't overwhelming sweet like ,as red bean should be, and the chewy texture of the azuki was not unpleasant at all. I paired this with Ippin Junmai Daiginjo, at beautiful room temperature to bring forth the elegant sweetness and smoother texture, to blend with the creamy sensation of the cream and the dry tail cleanses the sweetness with a milder finish.
Matcha : Well like the Azuki bean I assumed it was going to get that real green tea flavour which normally is bitter. Honestly I am not quite a huge matcha fan but this matcha combination was not what I expected. I guess it had to with the cream, because the bitterness flavour was not evident at all. I paired this with the same flavours Choya green tea Umeshu at room temperature green tea is mildly bitter but not unpleasant just like the matcha cream bun perfectly enjoyable and easy with plum sweetness to finish off.
Chocolate : when you cut it open it reveals a chocolate mousse, definite chocolate taste but not overly rich like a piece of chocolate . You can spoil yourself with this flavour and not feel guilty. I paired this with Master Hiroshi's Prototype Sawahime Junmai gold because of the sweet mouthfeel flavour its a perfect match with the chocolate . The dry light aftertaste resets the sweet palate to settle the richness.
Custard and Whipped cream: Who doesn't love custard and whipped cream? but they are both different. The egg custard you feel the silky layer of custard which feels like pudding that you can just keep having a spoonful of.
The whipped cream is creamy and milk flavour is well balanced with the cream so yummy and not overly rich. Paired this with Hakutsuru Junmai Daiginjo, perfect balance at room temperature the fruity notes add a sweet layer to cream which cuts through the texture making it more smoother. Creates a Custard or whipped cream smoothie on your palate.
Personally the whole range of flavours have not failed to disappoint, I love the flavour combination . I love how it is a delicious sweet pastry but its not excessively sweet to the palate which leaves only the deliciousness behind.