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Shizuoka Food Fair 3

Chef Tooru Okuda/奥田透 (right), the celebrated 3-Star Chef from Shizuoka, who kindly attended the fair.

As I said in my first installments, Shizuoka Prefecture has put some efforts into advertizing their own goods, as for agriculture and crafts, for some time, and a fairly big Food Fair (しずおか食の彩典) was organized on the 19th and 20th of February at Twin Messe in Shizuoka City.

This is the third part of my report, so please follow me!

The Shizuoka prefecture had taken a full wing to advertise and offer samples of its green tea!

Totoya Shinheie.

They offer high-quality processed and semi-processed fish you can enjoy as it is or re-cooked. A typical product of Shizuoka Prefecture!

Kakusa, a venerable company from Yui, selling sakura shrimp products at Yui Sakura Ebi Kan/Yui Sakura Shrimps Hall!

Steamed Sakura Shrimp rice!

Suzuyo Group, a big company which owns the FDA Airlines!

They specialize in processed sauces and soups!

Yakunen No Ki, a confectionery company.

Their specialty: Rolled Kuchen with Shizuoka Matcha Tea!

Shizuoka Tea & Sweets Marche. Look at that pyramid!

The sign says: “Please don’t touch!”. Very tempting, though…

47 CLUB. Now, what do hey have on offer?

A gifts company, they offer quite a lot, from rusks to gyoza!

Central Shizuoka Yakult Sales.

Famous company, but this is less than minimum service (no staff!)!

Shizuoka Daily Newspaper Books Stand.

Specialised in Shizuoka gastronomy and tourism!

Teraoka Kayoshi Shoten from Yaizu City. They specialise in Tsukudani!

Tsukudani is simmered tuna, another Shizuoka specialty!

Fujita marine Products.

Very appetizing dried and semi-processed seafood from Shizuoka, famous all over Japan!

Uragiku Honten, a traditional food company.

Tasty-looking miso paste and ra-yu hot sauce!

Fumiya from Hamamatsu City!

Gyoza, a product of Hamamatsu celebrated on TV!

To be continued soon (hopefully still in the proper sequence! LOL)

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Food Humor: Faded Beauty?

My good friend, Bernard Heberle, who has been elected the best patissier in Shizuoka Prefecture in 2011 seems to have some time on his hands despite the mountain of work. An amateur of food humor, he regularly sends me photos featuring some pretty/nasty art on food.
I thought it would be a shame not to feature them from time to time to add a light note/seasoning to this blog!

Some people do have to be reminded when to stop or cease to pretend…

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Shizuoka Food Fair 2

Shizuoka Wasabi! (80% of the national production!)

As I said in my first installment, Shizuoka Prefecture has put some efforts into advertizing their own goods, as for agriculture and crafts, for some time, and a fairly big Food Fair (しずおか食の彩典) was organized on the 19th and 20th of February at Twin Messe in Shizuoka City.

This is the second part of my report, so please follow me!

M C Food Service Co. Ltd. Now, what is that lonely gentleman serving?

Croquettes and Spicy fried potatoes! Can you guess which one is called Mount Fuji Croquette?

Fujieda Asa Ramen/Fujieda City Morning Ramen. Yes, they eat ramen in the morning there!

They are also called “Chuuka Soba/中華そば”. Unfortunately they didn’t serve any but in their packs!

Marumatsu Co. Ltd. in Hamamatsu City. They make gyooza/餃子!

The free samples were already gone!

Some stands offered specialties from other prefectures: Yonezawa Beef Charcoal-Grilled Beef/米沢牛炭火焼肉!

They also had croquettes!

Rooster Foods. Now, where did they come from? Among others they served yakisoba!

And Okonomiyaki! They are from Fujinomiya!

Masaki Shoten, specializing in beef from Sasebo (Kyushu Island), 100% beef and American style…

Sasebo Beef Brochettes!

Marikomine Giant Tai Yaki!

Never saw such big Tai Yaki before!

Izumi Foods serving Hiroshima-style okonomiyaki/広島焼 and yakisoba wrapped in omelette/オムそば!

Hiroshima-style okonomiyaki, unless it is another variety just called Hiroshima Yaki!

Shioya Foods also serving Sasebo Beef, but as hamburgers!

Beef Tongue Sausages/牛タンソーセージ! Now, that’s a first!

Field Co. from Miyazaki Prefecture (Kyushu Island) serving their own beef!

These doughnuts are not a Miyazaki Prefecture’ specialty, but Okinawan Saataa-andagi/サーターアンダギー!

El Corazon Co. were serving Japanese favorites.

Deep-fried seafood cakes made from octopus, shrimps, scallops and so on.

Yokote yakisoba from Akita Prefecture!

The fried eggs will be served on top of the yakisoba!

Back to Shizuoka with the famous oden restaurant, Umi Boozu/海ぼうず!

Shizuoka Oden!

To be continued soon (hopefully still in the proper sequence! LOL)

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Shizuoka Food Fair 1

Shizuoka Prefecture has put some efforts into advertizing their own goods, as for agriculture and crafts, for some time, and a fairly big Food Fair (しずおか食の彩典) was organized on the 19th and 20th of February at Twin Messe in Shizuoka City.

The event was a good start, but I wished it would have been a bit better organized and more lively, but Shizuoka is probably the most conservative prefecture in Japan for all its incredible products and producers and it will take some time before it really becomes a full-fledged event. At least let’s give them a chance!

Still, there was a lot to see (and taste), and I will try to show everything in a series of easy-to read articles!

Next time I meet some of the organizers I will tell them (it is my “job”, actually!) to better indicate the way!
Only one board (in the wrong place) and no sign at the entrance of the actual hall!

Although I came at the very time of the opening, I can’t say that the information desk was very useful…

I tried to follow the “official sequence” and started with the JA/Japan Agriculture (government-sponsored) booths.
This is the JA Suruga (Suruga Bay) booth with plenty of oranges.

JA Shimizu (Shizuoka City, Shimizu Ku) does represent a very large area and products.
They chose to concentrate on “Red Ole” tomatoes and “Harumi” oranges!

The JA Shizuoka City, covering an even larger area!

Beautiful green tea for all to enjoy!

JA Oigawa, from Central Shizuoka Prefecture.

“Aoshima” Oranges. So cheap!

JA Hainan, a vegetable-growing area.

Beautiful lettuces and shiny daikon!

JA Shizuoka Prefecture. Now, that is covering an area with the population of New Zealand….

Celery! Fair enough, Shizuoka Prefecture produces half of the total national crop!

Shizuoka Prefecture Strawberry Growers Association.
Now, we are talking about big business!

I must say that the “Strawberry Lady” had a great way with customers and reporters!

“Benihoppe/Red Cheeks” Strawberries! Considered as the best in Japan!

The next series of booths dealt with ready-to-serve-food in general.
Pizza Nao from Hamamatsu City.

Oven-Baked pizzas inside a trailer!
Looking forward to my next trip to Hamamatsu City! LOL

Soft Ice creams at the Cornette trailer!

Judging form the looks of the lady, these soft ice creams ought to be delicious!

Shirokiya Cakes!
After proceeding from A7 directly to H1, I found myself searching in the program for E20…. (Organization, please!)

But the Japanese cakes/wagashi certainly looked beautiful and yummy!

To be continued soon (hopefully in the proper sequence! LOL)

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Food Humor: The Apple Bites Back!

my good friend, Bernard Heberle, who has been elected the best patissier in Shizuoka Prefecture in 2011 seems to have some time on his hands despite the mountain of work. An amateur of food humor, he regularly sends me photos featuring some pretty/nasty art on food.
I thought it would be a shame not to feature them from time to time to add a light note/seasoning to this blog!

This particular picture proves that you ought to be careful next time you cut your apple to keep the doctor away!

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Japanese Vegetables 2: lotus Roots/Renkon/蓮根

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Lotus roots come from a plant called Nelumbo nucifera, also known by a number of names including Indian lotus, sacred lotus, bean of India, or simply lotus. This plant is an aquatic perennial. Under favorable circumstances its seeds may remain viable for many years.
A common misconception is referring to the lotus as a water-lily (Nymphaea), an entirely different plant.

Native to Greater India and commonly cultivated in water gardens, the lotus is the national flower of India and Vietnam.

The flowers, seeds, young leaves, and “roots” (rhizomes) are all edible. In Asia, the petals are used sometimes for garnish, while the large leaves are used as a wrap for food. In Korea, the leaves and petals are used as a tisane. Yeonkkotcha (연꽃차) is made with dried petals of white lotus and yeonipcha (연잎차) is made with the leaves. The rhizome (called ǒu (藕) in pinyin Chinese, ngau in Cantonese, bhe in Hindi, renkon (レンコン, 蓮根 in Japanese), yeongeun (연근) in Korean is used as a vegetable in soups, deep-fried, stir-fried and braised dishes. Petals, leaves, and rhizome can also all be eaten raw, but there is a risk of parasite transmission (e.g., Fasciolopsis buski): it is therefore recommended that they be cooked before eating.

FACTS:

-Season (in Japan): September~December

-Analytic data (as per 100g):

Energy: 66 kcal
Water: 81.5 g
Protein: 1.9 g
Carbohydrates: 15.5 g

Inorganic qualities:
Natriu: 24 mg
Potassium: 440 mg
Calcium: 20 mg
Iron: 00.5 mg
Zinc: 0.3 mg
Manganese: 0.78 mg

Vitamins:
B1: 0.10 mg
B6: 0.09 mg

Dietary fibers: 5.7 g

HEALTH FACTS:

-Combined with liver, or beef, or pork, or chicken, helps revitalize human blood and organs.

-Combined with turnips, or daikon, or beansprouts, or trefoil, helps digestion and bowels.

-Combined with leafy vegetables, or potato, or apples, helps combat cancer and obesity.

-Combined with konnyaku, or celery, or lettuce, or green peppers, helps lower blood cholesterol. helps combat artery hardening and prevent heart diseases.

VARIETIES

Kaga Renkon/加賀れんこん

Very fine texture and high content in starch,
Best appreciated steamed.

Iwakuni Renkon/岩国れんこん

Large specimen with large holes.

TIPS:

-Choose specimens with a clear white cut section. There should not be any black spots.
-Use large specimen as they are easier to cut and use.
-To prevent oxydising, wrap cut specimen into wet kitchen paper.
-Add vinegar to water when boling them to keep them white.
-The easiest way to peel them is to use a potato peeler!

COOKING:

The stamens can be dried and made into a fragrant herbal tea called liánhuā cha (蓮花茶) in Chinese, or (particularly in Vietnam) used to impart a scent to tea leaves. The lotus seeds or nuts (called liánzĭ, 蓮子; or xian liánzĭ, 鲜莲子, in Chinese) are quite versatile, and can be eaten raw or dried and popped like popcorn, phool makhana. They can also be boiled until soft and made into a paste, or boiled with dried longans and rock sugar to make a tong sui (sweet soup). Combined with sugar, lotus seed paste becomes one of the most common ingredient used in pastries such as mooncakes, daifuku, and rice flour pudding.

Japanese popular Renkon dishes:

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“NIMONO”

lotus-root-sumono

“SUMONO”

lotus-root-kimpira

“KIMPIRA”

“STUFFED LOTUS ROOTS”

“DEEP-FRIED LOTUS ROOT SANDWICH”

lotus-roots-chips

“CHIPS”

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