What a great start for 2019. Our first sake basics workshop went off with a hit!
Guests arrived diligently to the venue to welcome the lovely scenery of swan valley at the cheese barrel.
We welcome Ozeki Sake Brewery from USA and Japan showcasing :
Hana-awaka Sparkling Sake
Tokubetsu Yamadanishiki Junmai
New sake lovers having being their first time and experience in a learning environment were excited on what the event would hold. Sake process with the main ingredients used for sake making , water , yeast , koji and rice each play a important role for sake making. Understanding the appreciation for each ingredient
from polishing the rice to the cooking of the rice.
Opening up the the first interactive activity we introduce Hana-awaka Sparkling this beautiful elegant sparkling sake capture our guest hearts. Aroma of lovely sweetness with vanilla creaminess guest were intrigue of this bubbly brew.
Guidance on how to concentrate on the aromatics of the sake mostly yeast driven and followed with a guide understanding how to taste. Drinking sake correctly allows you to savour the flavours on the palate longer. Sake is to drunk in sipping action each time the layers of flavour will combine together to create .
Following we needed guest to understand about sake etiquette and sake culture. The topic opened by a special demonstration to make guest understand the Japanese tradition . Two guest volunteer, for this demonstration, each guest at first had to pour for each other not by themselves.
“The tradition of pouring for others and not directly for yourself is an act of politeness in Japanese culture, It “creates interactions between the people in attendance, allowing both the sake and conversation to flow.”
Someone must pour for you, and ideally you must pour for others,” The Japan Times explains. “This act is known as shaku suru or kumu.”
Adopting the custom when sharing sake stateside is good manners, akin to keeping elbows off the table. Filling others’ glasses also accelerates the natural bonding that occurs when people break bread or share a drink.
Mark Fukushima also demonstrated in extra detail when you know the opposite party is a bit older you cheers or kanpai ocohoko must be abit lower than the older one as a sign of respect. Guest felt a stronger appreciation to the customs.
Cold vs Room
This interactive activity was quite the highlight, as it really open up an broaden sake guests mindset on what they perceive they thought about sake. The cold vs room comparison allowed guest to experience the character change they can encounter to find the best taste at the best temperature themselves. We had majority liking the room temperature feel because the acidity was too high and mouthfeel was more smoother. Some guest liked the clean and smooth freshness texture feel on the palate each sake represented different characters and guest all had different experience. We acknowledge everybody has different palate experience so we don't judge sake all the same way.
Guest left with full hearts and smiles and a closer appreciation to the sake world we hope to see more new sake lovers in our next workshop. Kanpai
Do you have sensitive skin? have you tried numerous products and nothing seems to work and money is drying up? Do you wish that you skincare routine will be less hassle? well I think I have the answer for you.
I was the same, I spent hundreds on beauty products because I heard its was good or I just wanted to have something to look after my skin. My daily life I am constantly on the run and literally no-time I just wanted to wash my face and moisture didn't want to spend 30mins in the bathroom just for skincare. Because I have sensitive skin some of the products although good review made my skin red and painful and burning I couldn't continue to use the product and ended up wasting my money.
On my first trip to Japan I came across beauty care product made out of sake I was thinking thats unique and I heard great results when having a sake bath your skin feels luxurious. So I gave it try I been using Sake beauty care for almost 2 years now and I couldn't be more happier. My skin never felt more smooth and clean, plus I have not had any bad reaction and my skin is never red. Even without make up on my skin can look still clean and breath on its own. Plus the great thing is you don't need to use so much to get consistent results pea size amount for lather will be sufficient enough for one wash and moisture after your done.
New Shipments are coming directly from Japan and online store is now available.
Get your skin glowing for summer.
Hello Sake Lovers
Sorry its been awhile since I last blogged but I have 2019 events line up for you.
Coming up we have my exciting first Sake workshop featuring Ozeki Collection with special guest Ozeki Sake Brewery.
The following week we will have Sake and cheese Sundowner
Then Next month by popular demand we will have our Perth Sake festival
Check my facebook and events so you don't miss out its going to be a busy 2019!
More Sake Kanpai!
In the heart of the new complex Yagan Square Perth in Market Hall . The hissing of yakitori on the hot plate , the smokey presence aroma lures in . Walks-in were coming for both directions as well as the booked guest for the night.
From 6.30 to 8.30pm the venue was packed.
The night started in slow as were waited for guest to arrive for the event.
Tonight we will take you on delicious journey with hiss smokes Izakaya tasting dishes and highlighting the beauty of Tottori Prefecture.
The New Age Premium Sparkling Sake
Agedashi Tofu, & Buta Bara
The next dish is Buta Bara
Bara means belly or rib area in japanese, lovely sauce glazed on the outside with charcoal flavours which is smokey then you get a lovely juicy tender pork as you bite through . The Sorah refreshes the palate with bubbles and cleanses the palate with the smokey flavours to make you indulge more.
The next sake is Chiyomusubi Natsuzake
Nasubi, Grilled eggplant with Miso dressing and ginger paste.
The dish you be pairing with is :
Citrus Ponzu Gyu Tataki, Sliced rare Wagyu rump on citrus soy and radish puree,
Evening was well received by the guest the thirst of more sake was accomplished. Pre-order sales for sake left out sake selection sold out after the event. Restaurant and Mr Tadashi san couldn't been more than happier with the turnout. Guest left with full hearts and full stomaches :)
I wonder where I will be in my next event? Stay tune for more sake stories.
A New Experience for people in Perth sake being popular around the world pairing with different cuisines. It was definitely a first for Perth, going against what was a traditional pairing for dinner with Sake.
Exploring the lovely chinese modern flavours and pairing with Sawahime Sake Brewery range. Perth was ready to see what will unfold on the night.
Seating 42 guest with 10 on the waiting list still wanting to join this fabulous dinner.Guest were seated at a round table close to where the action was.
Each guest was welcome with "welcome Sake " Sawahime Junmai Ginjo Premium
The Sake Sawahime Junmai Ginjo Premium. This sake is unlike any common sake you have tried .It has beautiful characteristics the aroma it is beautifully fruity and abit floral. In the palate its just like a fresh strawberry or peach. The lovely juicy texture which you may feel tingly on the palate. Afterwards cleanses the palate without lingering behind.
Although a delayed start nothing could ruin this wonderful night. For $80 per head included 5 courses complimentary with sake and sake pairing experience.
So our First Sake we have is Kimoto Junmai
Kimoto Junmai is a traditional method of creating shubo. Where brewers create a separate batch to laboriously pound the rice and koji into a smooth paste using wooden poles to speed the process of conversion of sake. This is method is known to as the yeast starter.
This Kimoto junmai method would tend to be much more richer and heavy in acidity . But master’s Hiroshi sake is mild with smooth mouth-feel easily drinkable.
Our Next dish is:
So the third Course is
So the next sake is Junmai Gold Sake
This sake has rice koji 4 times as much as usual. It emphasises umami and sourness. Although sweet and sour, it has a mysterious light aftertaste. It is a new sense of sake that enjoys umami and colour.
Preferably to have at room temperature to balance out the rich umami flavour sweetness giving you the dry light taste which doesn’t linger on the palate.
So the last dish is the dessert which has an interesting name.
A South African liqueur made from the Marula fruit, it is oak aged then carefully blended to a rich smoothness with the finest natural cream;.
Highlights of the night were sake Sawahime Ginjo & Sawahime Champion
The best and most enjoyable way to enjoy Japanese sake is with food and this was the sake journey experience was all about.
3 fabulous nights to take you a sake journey through Northern Japan, guest were excited and ready to go for a ride.
So to start off we are going to visit the Prefecture Hokkaido .Now the fastest way to go Hokkaido is by flight which is Famous for their winter ice sculpture and Sapporo Snow Festival and thats where they make the famous sapporo beer.
Otokoyama's sake is made thanks to the nature of Hokkaido.
Otokoyama which means Man’s Mountain .A Masterpiece of Japan cherished by historical figures through Japan since the Edo era .This sake is made with underground water from the perpetual snows by the mountain Dai-set-su-zan mountain which there the climate is cold.
Otokoyama Tokubestu Junmai is the name of the sake . Junmai meaning pure rice , Tokubestu means special.so any sake that has Junmai means its a
pure rice sake. The Polishing ratio is @ 55% suggest its premium
hence the texture is super smooth . In the aroma is fruity ,in the palate .Light smooth with rich feeling at room temperature Refreshing dry acidity that smooth and clean in cold temperature .So the taste you will feel is semi sweet with quick round finish.
Paired with fresh Tuna, salmon and fresh scallops with cod roe.
Eat on its own the tuna is soft and the scallops are fresh with natural taste ,with the cod roe bubbles which pop juice in the palate with abit of salty and sweet taste. With the sake it all melts in the palate beautifully without any aftertaste.
So the next sake comes the prefecture Iwate ,Nanbu Bijin Brewery, located in Ninohe city. This area of northern Japan is blessed with beautiful natural reserves–pristine ground water, two national parks, and a lake.
Paired with Wagyu and vegetable roll with teriyaki sauce.
Lotus root chip is a healthy nibble that makes you want to eat more. A creative approach to the Wagyu. Made into a roll, outside with lovely teriyaki sauce. Wagyu roll inside mashed carrot with a lovely sweetness and cucumber for freshness. With the sake the elegant sweetness compliments the teriyaki sweetness of the wagyu and dryness forms to cleanse the palate through eat bite.
The Next sake is from Miyagi Prefecture
So the Aroma that you may sense is fruity aroma on the nose with hint of toasted nuts. Palate is very smooth and well-balanced mouth- feel not too sweet nor dry and perfect straight road type of sake.
Paired with Namban Chicken with egg tartare sauce.
This dish actually has an interesting story behind it because of the name Nanban refers to 16th century when the portuguese came to Japan with their ships bringing in different foods and spices which had change japanese cuisines forever. Outside you have delicate crunch and tender juicy chicken inside. You can taste the seasoning in the chicken.
The egg salad is Mon taste take on tartare sauce. Light and creamy Dip with the chicken you have a lovely combination of salty and creamy coats the seasoned chicken and cuts through the oils. With the sake cleanses the palate with the dryness and umami and has smooth taste finish.
The last sake we be having is from Hakkaisan Sake Brewery from Niigata prefecture. Niigata the most famous sake brewing regions.
Hakkaisan Sake Brewery is located in Minami- Uonuma, an area known for producing the finest quality Koshihikari rice. Hakkaisan uses “Spring water from Raiden” which is usually use for all brands of Hakkaisan. The spring water is brought to Kura which is the (Sake factory) from the foot of Mt. Hakkai through pipe line.
Hakkaisan beliefs were, Sake that has full body but clear and smooth which does not interfere or disturbs the taste of food.
Using the sake specificrice Gohyakumangoku, Miyamanishiki, Yamadanishiki the flavours create the clean and clear character and crisp depth. It’s a touch dry with tremendous balance and a crisp refreshing finish. The last dish really highlights the origin of this prefecture.
Believe or not if you go to Niigata the best foods to eat are the vegetables. You never will taste fresh vegetables like in Niigata. Now you may notice the green powder next to you please sprinkle some ,on the tempura and you will get another flavour sensation . Paired with sake it compliments the tempura and cleanses the palate inviting you to enjoy the fresh vegetables inside the tempura.
Highlighted sakes of the night were Otokoyama Tokubetsu Junmai from Hokkaido prefecture & Urakasumi Junmai from Miyagi Prefecture.
News have been spreading all throughout Perth for the hot new venue in Yagan Square.
Shy John Yum & Brewery. Definitely the first we have seen in Perth ,it is definitely a venue you have yet to experience. Shy John alone have the capacity to bring huge numbers being a 2-storey venue. The microbrewery is downstairs serving 5 different beers which you have never tasted before. Where the Yumcha is on the top floor which you can access straight from the train station.
Who is Shy John? well he is Chinese settler who first settled in Australia named Mak Sai Ying, he later known as John Shying. A carpenter who feel in loved with the culture and the beer.
The legend Shy John is Ian Chin, well known for Hiss & Smoke , Ramen Boy and Noodle Forum . Ian will definitely look after you to give you an genuine experience at Shy john.
The Venue experience:
Well it definitely has the wow factor first off I mean when have you ever seen a chinese yum cha microbrewery in Perth? The atmosphere when packed its like being Hong Kong , dim sums coming out non-stop , waiters moving around in quick steps to keep up with demand. Bringing food from the kitchen to the top through a food elevator genius . Definitely they nailed down the execution of service. The waiters did feel overwhelmed for opening day trying to keep up with orders but I loved how polite there were you don't get waiters like these nowadays.
I had my lovely girlfriend and her mum were visiting Perth from Japan at the time the waiters had another skill up their sleeves they could speak japanese what a way to welcome my friend and her mother they definitely the warm welcome close to home.
Oh this is best part following from the launch which was spectacular the main menu itself had some more exciting dishes to try.
We selected the following:
You definitely want to try all the signature dumplings but if you unsure what to try for your first time you have choice to get a dim sum platter which is really creative you can choose 4 serve or 8 serve .
For the dim sum platter we had the signature dumplings.
I love the presentation of these dumplings it really invites you.
"Eyes that want to eat"
Charcoal activated dough to make it black with edible golden dust. Not your ordinary dumplings. Inside lovely fresh prawns as a dumpling should and you don't need sauce to give it more flavour it is perfectly delicious on its own.
Other dumpling selection were
Truffle & scallop dumplings
Pork & chive dumplings
and I think it was Coriander and prawn dumplings
You definitely can taste the freshness in each and that want makes the dumplings so tasty.
A lovely delicate premium sake with clean and smooth taste would definitely highlight these dumplings because of lovely fresh prawns.
Okies I couldn't resist this at the launch party and definitely needed to have again with my guest. Peking duck pockets what creative way to highlight the tradition peking duck. Using the pockets similar pastry like hong kong wife cake. These pockets were crispy and light the same time. Inside the peking duck with cucumber for freshness and you dip in the peking duck sauce to add more flavour .
For this dish I would choose a sake to highlight the duck and the sauce. A lovely smooth rich mouth-feel sake will go nicely.
Deep Fry Jumbo Oysters , BBQ Tonkotsu sauce and Kewpie mayonaise. I was actually expecting the oysters to be cooked inside but it actually had that raw freshness as if you were eating a raw oyster with a crispy element to you. The crispy batter was lovely an light and not oily feel. Inside you have the beautiful creamy but oyster is still inside which didn't lose its original flavour. Delicate in the mouth which was enjoyable to palate.
With this dish I could really have fun in many ways. You could choose a lovely Junmai sake with high umami to compliment and match the oyster inside. You could have it lightly warmed or even cold to enjoy both sensations.
Another way we could play with a premium sake like ginjo or daiginjo the clean and smooth style will cleanse the palate of any oily taste feel from the fry batter allowing your tastebuds to invite that lovely fresh creamy oyster inside. The lovely clean rich aftertaste would want you pick up another one.
Szechuan Beef tartare well it was definitely presented differently to the launch style but look at that presentation doesn't it just make you want to eat ? Another eat with your eyes moment. :)
So I had to order this for my girlfriend and her mum to try, as they haven't experience good meat regular. They even told me they couldn't eat beef especially raw style but they gave it a go.
The beef tartare itself is marinated with vinegar and soy sauce the raw egg creates a creamy texture to mix well with the beef tartare. The sourness and saltiness takes care of the raw taste of the beef .
The crispy culler is great to eat by itself but you definitely have to make your canapes . Add the beef tartare topped with pickled ginger and garlic and put in your mouth. Divine you would love the pickled ginger and garlic with the beef tartare with crispy crunch of the cruller . Perfect combination.
What sake ? hmmm again alot of ways you could play with .
Refreshing Junmai it refresh the palate high acidity at cold to take care of the beautiful creamy richness of the beef tartare.
A premium Junmai Ginjo or Daiginjo to have a super smooth finish and cleanse the palate to soften the texture taste of the beef tartare.
We definitely had to try one of the beers Summer Ale is refreshing and smooth has some fruity flavours . Are you ready for Summer?
Chocolate and Sake?? really?
Yes it works trust me...
Just like the cheese and sake event as soon as the event went live Perth curiosity had taken flight. Even before the event whispers had already spread about this odd combination.
I had teamed up with a beautiful lady chocolatier Sue lewis local here in Perth, abit about Sue UK born chef she started with cuisines mostly , then by mistake as she put it she came into the same kitchen with Paul A young ,thinking she was going to cook foods but end up making chocolate and because of that mistake she found a new love with chocolate. Sue is passionate and down to earth gorgeous lady I can't help feel so thankful for an opportunity to work with her with my sake.
Tickets were sold in 9 days once announced. There was even a waiting list for people incase of cancellation.
I wanted to capture the true nature of Sue lewis , her beautiful store was the perfect setting for the event. With the help of Sue's staff the mood to start the night was set right.
Welcome sake was given to each of the guest on arrival and snacks and nibbles were placed for easy access .
We started the night with the origin with chocolate and sake, the crowd were intrigued by the process and fascinated on how they came to be. Most of the crowd were first timers to the sake world which they open their hearts to rice brew.
Process of Sake making although long winded made sense so customers can connect their understanding to the pairing.
Atagonomatsu - Sparkling Sake -Niizawa Sake Brewery Miyagi
Sake Truffle - 46% Dominican Republic milk chocolate blended with Atagonomatsu sparkling sake.
So with this Sake Sue has created a new creation. She has blended the sparkling sake with her chocolate. Truffles can tend be heavy normally but this sake truffle is light and when you drink it with the sake the bubbles refreshes the palate and cleans it.
Sawahime Premium Junmai Ginjo 2016 - Sawahime Sake Brewery Tochigi Prefecture.
Strawberry Gum Truffle - Strawberries blended with 62% Peru dark chocolate & finished with strawberry gum and a splash of Premium sake
Why we paired this sake with the Strawberry Gum Truffle, as you can first tell the aroma invites you to that strawberry or fruity presence. Although normally we get bitter notes from dark chocolate but when paired with the sake it because sweeter and leaves a cleansing on the palate.
Yoshikubo - Awase Yuzu Ippin
Confit Orange Medallion - 67% Dominican Republic dark chocolate topped with confit orange.
When paired with the Confit Orange Medallion. The yuzu aroma is refreshing
which invites the palate of lovely citrus flavour with the chocolate. It creates a tanginess to cut through the bitter notes and with the confit orange the texture which is chewy but deliciously dissolves in the mouth.
Ozeki Nigori Cloudy Sake
75% Venezuela Shard - just straight 75% Venezuela dark chocolate
With the sake the creaminess texture invites the dark chocolate ,which dissolves in the palate .
Hakutsuru Koshu Junmai Sake (served at room temperature)
Saltbush Caramel Truffle - buttery salty caramel enrobed in 70% dark chocolate
As soon as I tasted this truffle what came to mind to match was my Koshu sake. The age characteristics and depth of flavours in the sake makes the truffle rise to a whole a new level. I even mention to Sue we need a rich chocolate for this sake. The truffle saltbush Carmel by itself, you get the sticky texture caramel rich chocolate.With the sake the richness is blended and becomes softer in flavour the saltiness from the truffle and the dryness from the sake is a delicious match.
-Yuzu sake (Ippin Sake Brewery) matched with the confit Orange
-Hakutsuru Koshu Junmai sake matched with the saltbush caramel.
Delicious Match heaven . why don't you try it?
Thank you to the Gorgeous and passionate Sue Lewis I feel so blessed to have been given this opportunity and thank to another wonderful Niamh for making everything go smoothly.
The demand of sake is rising in Perth. Follow up from the cheese barrel event sake lovers couldn't wait for more delicious sake to try. They were loyal and punctual for the arrival of Ozeki USA and Japan. Having such great rapport because of Hana-awaka sparkling sake sake lovers were looking forward to meeting Ozeki.
Our brewery came well prepared and were excited to start. Mr Takayuki was artist, although we had already set the table already his special touch just made it more WOW!!. I couldn't help feeling so happy and excited the same time they way he was decorating the table was totally beautiful.
The day started on the dot! Some shoppers were already in the shop waiting for the event to start. As normal we started with some tasters for warm-ups but as well soon as we started the guest quickly formed into a crowd which overwhelmed the Ozeki team. Customers were eager to know each sake and were excited that they could taste more than one and have it explained to them
We showcased 10 selections of the ozeki range which were all well received by customers.
PURE JUNMAI- light refreshing taste will full-bodied flavour
OZEKI DRY- dry clean texture making it smooth
SAKE PLATINUM JUNMAI DAIGINJO- dry fruity richness with clean finish
JUNMAI RAI- rich and fruity but clean smooth taste
OZEKI NIGORI- coconut aroma , extra smooth creamy textrure
HANA-AWAKA SPARKLING - ripe banana aroma with vanilla cream notes with elegant sweetness
PEACH SPARKLING- fresh peach aroma refreshing peach flavour
YUZU SPARKLING- lovely citrus aroma with refreshing yuzu flavour throughout the palate.
The sake of the day were interestingly Ozeki Nigori and Yuzu Sparkling it went pretty fast . Out of the sake range customers choice was pure junmai.
We had a special promotion where customers can choose their favourite 3 300ml they can receive a free gift with their purchase. Small bottles were being grab in every direction that it was necessary to have a basket to place it all. Ozeki team were talking as well as running around to handle the crowd demands so customers didn't miss out on their favourites.
The event was heart-warming , fun and satisfying guest left with a sense of appreciation and eagerness to really want to know more about Sake.
My lovely night with the JFC team and Hakutsuru Sake Company. My Sake Companion Miss Haru Takase saying goodbye to Australia . We gather one last time in company of great traditional Japanese foods and great selection of Sake "James Parker".