Japanese Restaurant: Rainbow Trout & Iwana Trout at Kagetsu in Fujinomiya City!

Service: Very kind and discreet
Facilities: Traditional but very clean. Old but clean washroom
Prices: Appropriate~slightly expensive
Strong points: Authentic traditional Japanese gastronomy mainly based on local products, especially fish and vegetables. Excellent sake list.

Last Tuesday after our visit to Kakishima Trout Farm we visited a local Japanese restaurant for lunch which had been recommended to us by Mrs. Izumi Iwamoto as they serve fish raised by her company: Kagetsu/花月!

Before entering the restaurant take a good look at its surroundings!

Traditional entrance.

Let’s have a peek at the little garden outside…

Some of the stones are lava blocks from Mount Fuji!

Intriguing antiques…

Once inside you will be greeted by a big trout!

A very traditional Japanese interior!

Fresh green and white goya/bitter melon from their own garden kindly offered to whomever wants them!

The eight of us had ordered the “o-tsukuri lunch set/sashimi lunch set”.
We were first served chilled red shiso/perilla leaves juice to quench our thirst on this very hot day!

Home-made pickles including white goya.

Chilled tougan/冬瓜/Winter melon.

Iwana/岩魚/Japanese char both as sashimi and cooked (chilled) with its skin!

Deep-fried Nijimasu/虹鱒/Rainbow trout with deep-fried egg plant and salad!

Extravagant fish to deep-fry. Absolutely yummy!

Most of the vegetables come from their own garden, including the mini tomatoes!

Rice and miso soup with plenty of seaweed, even that far from the sea!

For dessert chilled nashi pear with home-made aka kokemomo/赤コケモモ/Japanese cranberries jam!

The restaurant keeps and feeds their own batch of Kakishima Trout Farm fish in a special tank in their garden behind to insure perfect freshness!

KAGETSU/花月
Fujinomiya City, Yatate Cho, 737
Tel.: 0544-23-4141
Opening Hours: 11:30~14:00, 17:00~21:00
Closed on Mondays

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Rainbow Trout, Iwana Trout & Sakura Trout at Kakishima Trout Farm in Fujinomiya City!

Iwana Trout!

Last Wednesday I travelled all the way up to a site 700 meters high on the slopes of Mount Fuji in Fujinomiya City to visit arguably the best Trout Farm in Japan (there are 4 more companies in Fujinomiya City alone!) in the company of Chefs and Farmers from Central Shizuoka Prefecture who have just created a group called “Wasabi No Kai” to promote good food from production to the table!

The Wasabi No Kai” group of chefs (French, Italian and Spanish gastronomy in this case) a wine shop owner and a farmer from Fujieda City in discussion with the the President of Kakishima Trout Farm.

Mrs. Izumi Iwamoto/岩本いづみ!

It was another blistering hot day even in the morning with temperatures in the middle 30’s, but it did not prevent Mrs. Izumi Iwamoto, the 2nd generation owner of Kakishima Trout Farm, to take us on a grand tour of the premises with a wealth of explanations and information!

The fish farm was established 35 years ago in Fujinomiya City (the company has two other farms in Kannami and Izu City with a total of 8 staff) in a spot located at 700 meter altitude on the slopes of Mount Fuji because of the constant access to natural water at a constant temperature around 12 degrees for an ideal environment for fish farming.

One just has to take the water from the abundant waterfalls and streams nearby!

The water is funneled into concrete open-air tanks covered with nets to protect them from birds and falling leaves in particular.

The water goes through nets at the entrance of each tank to filter any debris out.

The water is then allowed to flow constantly through the tanks.

The water is finally released back into the nature.
The water will never be used twice or allowed to stagnate, ensuring the safety of the fish and their meat.
Thanks to this constant help from the nature a great load of the work is taken off the staff’s shoulders who are constantly busy feeding the fish, repairing the nets, cleaning the tanks, clearing the surroundings and what else!

All the nature surrounding the farm is free from any agrichemicals or pesticides which might find their way into the water!

Enormous iwana up to 2 kg apiece!
It takes no less than 2 years to bring such a fish to maturity!

TKaushi Trout Farm breeds Iwana Trout/岩魚/”Rock Fish”, an indigenous Japanese branch of char, Niji Masu/虹鱒/Rainbow trout and a small number of Sakura Masu/桜鱒/Cherry Trout. The annual total production (including the other two farms) is 200 tonnes.

A 2-kg Iwana!

Rainbow trouts!

It is dawn to dusk work, even for Mrs. Iwamoto who had woken up at 5:00 a.m. to feed the fish in the company of her son before welcoming us for her interview!

Not only the fish has to be prepared for delivery (with plenty of ice in summer!) in safe packaging every day but also live to many fishing ponds all over the nation! Actually they are the only company in Japan capable to provide live fighting fish for the pleasure of anglers and gastronomes!

But for all the ideal natural environment and the daily care the main concern is feed!
And 35 years of experience and personal research were certainly not too much.
They used to produce their feed with half of it home-made and half bought, especially Peruvian anchovy.

But due to the price increase and quality decrease of the latter they decided to use Japanese meal (Yaizu bonito for example) for better and safer traceability.
Trouts are voracious fish and they have to be fed every morning!

The feed is a strict and constant mixture of higher quality fish, wheat, vitamins and natural salt.
No shortcuts like oily or fatty components are used to accelerate the growth of the fish.
From this very year all feed is completely natural, even including cocoa husks for polyphenols!
Mrs. Iwamamoto is always carrying a colormeter with her to check the color and leanness of the flesh of their fish!

But even so, nature itself can bring all these efforts to produce extravagant fish to nought: a particularly ferocious typhoon carried away or killed all the fish two years ago!

Iwana Trout at Kagetsu Restaurant in Fujinomiya City!

Kakishima Trout farm fish are gaining a greatly deserved celebrity in our Prefecture and are recognized as Shizuoka Prefecture Agricultural Products by the Government and gastronomic restaurants are hurrying to better know and acquire their fish!
Expect to find their fish in coming reports on local restaurants!

KAKISHIMA TROUT FARM Co.

Office: 419-0115, Shizuoka Prefecture, Tago Gun, Kannami Cho, Shinden, 125-1
Tel.: 055-970-3031
Fax: 055-970-3032
Mobile: 090-6942-3438 (Mrs. Izumi Iwamoto)
Mail address: izumi_iwamoto@kakishima-troutfarm.com

Main Farm: 418-0108 Shizuoka Prefecture, Fujinomiya City, Inozo, nakamura. 495-1
Tel.: 0544-52-0181
Fax: 0544-52-0216

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Bryan Baird’s Newsletter (2012/08/29): Three Late Summer Seasonal Releases

Baird Beer & Taproom Events Bulletin
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Three Late Summer Seasonal Releases

Dear Taproom Friend & Baird Beer Enthusiast:

As we move into September, summer begins to fade into fall — though it certainly doesn’t feel like that yet. As an antidote to the lingering late-summer heat, we are happy to announce the immediate release of three thirst-quenching seasonal brews: Japan Tale Ale 2012, Baird Belgian Tripel, and Plum Session Ale.

New Baird Beer Seasonal Releases:

*Japan Tale Ale 2012 (ABV 5%):

Brewed with a host of indigenous Japanese ingredients (un-malted wheat, korizato sugar, fresh ume plums and, of course, lovely soft Numazu water) Japan Tale Ale is lightly hopped, pleasantly tart and extremely refreshing. It’s hazy, milky-white color and snow-white foam collar are reminiscent of a Belgian witbier. It drinks, though, like a beer version of a well-made ume sour (a popular drink served in traditional Japanese pubs that is made with distilled shochu and plums and served carbonated on ice).

Japan Tale Ale 2012 is now pouring from the taps of each of our Baird Beer Taproom pubs and will be available both on draught and in 360 ml bottles at Baird Beer retailing pubs and liquor shops throughout Japan.

*Baird Belgian Tripel (ABV 8.5%):

Belgian-style Tripels are stealthily potent golden ales — rich yet briskly refreshing — that originated in the historical context of monastic brewing in Belgium. The quintessential example of this style, and one of my favorite Belgian ales, is the iconic monastic beer, Westmalle Tripel.

The Baird take on this glorious style incorporates an all-base malt grist bill of floor-malted Maris Otter and Bohemian Pilsner as well as a blend Japan, German and English wheat. Kettle gravity is strengthened by a generous addition of Japanese sudakito and korizato sugars. The hopping rate is moderate (25 IBUs) and includes the floral-spicy varieties Sterling, Saaz and Styrian Golding. Fermentation is warm (24-25 C) and happily carried out by our Belgian witbier-derived yeast strain. Apparent Attenuation is high (88.5%) and thus the alcohol content is strong. As per our custom with high-alcohol beers, we krausen at packaging to produce a secondary fermentation and natural carbonation in keg or bottle.

Baird Belgian Tripel is draught only. It is pouring at our Taproom pubs beginning today and is available for immediate release to all fine beer establishments in Japan. Please contact Kojima-san to place an order.

*Plum Session Ale (ABV 4.1%):

What should a brewer do when unexpectedly receiving a bundle of perfectly ripe, freshly harvested local plums? After eating one or two, he should formulate a session-beer recipe that allows the softly sweet-tart essence of the plums free play; and then he should fire up the mash tun and get busy.

Our diligence in early July has yielded this wonderul late-August beer harvest. Come visit a Taproom today and help us to enjoy the fruit of this harvest. Plum Session Ale is being served as real ale on hand-pump and exclusively at our Baird Beer Taproom pubs.

Cheers,

Bryan Baird

Baird Brewing Company
Numazu, Japan
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Takuan Recipe: Japanese Cold Takuan Pasta (with Vegan Version)

Takuan in Japan is usually eaten at the end of the meal with rice and miso soup, but there are ways to accomodate it Western-style!
Here is a suggestion for a cold pasta recipe for a light refreshing dish during the summer heat.
As for a vegan version use vegan pasta!

INGREDIENTS: (for 2 people)

Pasta (or vegan pasta): 200 g
Takuan: 50 g (cut into thick filaments)
Cucumber: 100 g (cut inot thick filaments)
Salted konbu seaweed: 20 g (cut into thick filaments)
Roasted sesame seeds: A little

RECIPE:

Boil the pasta to your liking in 2 liters of water and 1 tablespoon of salt.

Prepare aside the takuan and cucumber (small and crunchy Japanese style) cut into thick filaments and salted konbu seaweed.

Transfer the boiled pasta into a bowl full of icy water.
Drain well.

In a bowl drop the pasta, takuan, cucumber and seaweed and mix well.
Note: Use your imagination if you want to add taste and seasoning but keep in mind you don’t need any more salt!
Suggestions: sesame oil, umeboshi meat, gomadare/sesame dressing, etc.

Serve in a plate and sprinkle wit roasted sesame seeds!

For more color and taste you could add thinly cut pimento!

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Somme “collaborations” should be avoided!
Found this near my office…

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French Gastronomy with Shizuoka Products at Tetsuya Sugimoto (Summer 2012)

Service: Highly professional and friendly
Facilities: Great overall cleanliness. Beautiful washroom
Prices: Appropriate
Strong points: Freshest produce and ingredients only, mainly from Shizuoka Prefecture. Organic vegetables, top-class Shizuoka-bred meat and Suruga Bay seafood. Seasonal food only.

Map (Japanese)

If one wants to know what could be possibly created as French Gastronomy with mainly Shizuoka products whatever the time of the year, Tetsuya Sugimoto in Shizuoka City must be the reference in spite of the fierce competition from like-minded chefs all over the Prefecture.
Since pictures and simple explanations are better than a long and heavy prose, let me relate you my visit for lunch the other day!

The entrance sports a great noren/Japanese entrance curtain bearing the name of the restaurant!

Tetsuya Sugimoto has just celebrated its 3rd Anniversary!
Have a good look at the blackboard for seasonal offerings.
If you can’t read Japanese, no worries. Chef Sugimoto will be glad to explain everything in detail with a rare passion!

Look at both sides of the blackboard!

Although Tetsuya does everything by himself from purchasing his ingredients to cleaning the place spotless every day he still finds the time to add his personal touch to the entrance!

All these decorative vegetables past the door are organic!

Poached “Bioran” egg (by Mr. Shimizu in Shizuoka City) and delicious Hokkaido urchin on a cold jelly soup made with vegetables and agar from Shizuoka prefecture!

Aji/Horse mackerel Tartare on organic tomato with amazu/sweet rice vinegar dressing!

The horse mackerel was caught in the Suruga Bay, the richest sea in Japan.
The flowers are edible and organic!

Serrano Jamon ham from Spain astride a green eggplant!

From another angle!

I felt like a voyeur when I took a picture of the green eggplant! LOL

Anago/Conger eel (a fish which made Western Shizuoka famous all over Japan) on zucchini and tomato and topped with zucchini parpadelle.
All vegetables are organic and local!

From another angle!
The sauce is balsamico-based.
Tetsuya went as far as deep-frying the conger eel backbone and place it between the fish and the tomato for an intriguing crunchy surprise!

Beef bred by Mr. Mineno in Hamamatsu City atop organic vegetables.
Testuya obtained this superlative meat after mmeeting the breeder in person in his farm!

The beef! Look at that color and texture! Extravagant!
The sauce is Banyuls wine based!

Always brace yourself before discovering desserts at Tetsuya Sugimoto!
There is always a surprise in store to throw you out of your seat!
This time:
Mousse cake made with passion fruit grown in Mariko, Shizuoka City.
The pips of the fruit were dried, grilled and crushed for the topping!
As for the ice cream it was made with porter beer crafted by Hamamatsu Tenjigura Brewery in Hamamatsu City!

Do I need more to say?

To be followed…

Tetsuya SUGIMOTO
420-0038 Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Umeya,2-13,1F
Tel./Fax: 054-251-3051
Opening hours:11:30~14:30,17:30~21:30
Holidays: undecided (do make a call first!)
Credit cards OK
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Entirely non-smoking!

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Vegan Japanese Dessert: “Daigaku Imo” Sweet Potato

Sweet potatoes or Satsuma Imo/薩摩芋 were introduced a long time ago in Japan where they became a mainstay vegetable in winter, especially in the west of Japan where they supplemented rice as a staple food.
Daigaku Imo/大学芋, literally ‘University Potatoes” have been popular with students for times immemorial as not only as a dessert but also as a great snack. In fact, a lot of people prefer them to fried potatoes!

INGREDIENTS: (for 4 people)

Sweet potato (raw): 600 g
Sugar: 90 g
Ground white sesame seeds: 1 teaspoon
Oil: As appropriate

RECIPE:

Peel sweet potatoes.
Cut in long thin slices (thin wedges). Actually cut them into the shape and size of your preference but take in account that the thicker they are, the longer time they will take to fry.
Leave in water for 10 minutes.
Take out of water.
Wipe off all humidity.

Heat oil to 150 degrees. Keep oil shallow enough.
Fry until the sweet potatoes have softened. Do not let them change color then.

Take sweet potatoes out and shake oil off.
Bring the oil to 180 degrees.
Fry the sweet potatoes again until they attain a nice brown color.

While the sweet potatoes are frying pour the water and sugar in a separate pan and heat on a low fire.
Let sugar dissolve completely.
When the rim of the water changes color keep heating gently shaking the pan around. You may use a spatula but proceed gently.
When the syrup has attained a light brown color switch off fire.

Take sweet potatoes out of the oil once cooked. Shake off oil well. Drop the potatoes into a separate bowl.
Add the ground white sesame seeds.
Mix well, taking care not to damage the potatoes.

Coat the potatoes with syrup while hot and let cool down completely inside a recipient slightly coated with oil.

Serve and enjoy!

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