Wow! I haven’t blogged in over half a year! The first half of this year has been crazy busy: Chinese New Year trip to Japan/ back to HK for 4 days of school/ 3 weeks backpacking in South America (Peru, Bolivia, Argentina, Uruguay and Brazil)/ back to HK for a week of school/ Vancouver for Easter/ finished dental school/ post-exam trip to Japan (again!)/job hunting + interviews/ post-exam result-release trip to Malaysia/ more job hunting + interviews
There’s so many food experiences I want to share and it might take a while before I could blog about it all! I’ll start off with my Chinese New Year trip to Kyoto and Osaka in Japan. The highlight meal of this trip would be the kaiseki lunch at Shoraian in the picturesque Arashiyama. Shoaraian specializes in tofu and is the #1 rated tofu restaurant according to Tabelog.
Shoraian is located in the middle of a mountain. We arrived taking the river route but left taking the forest route and got lost. My suggestion for future diners is to take the river route both ways!
from L – R: mochi in the shape of a flower/ orange gobo / sesame tofu with wasabi / grilled prawn / potato tower topped with ikura / smoked salmon with cheese / mochi flower….Kaiseki is a lot about presentation and the timing of the dishes.. we were blown away by the esthetics of this dish…you could see how much thought and technique were put into displaying this dish… the sesame tofu reminded me of sesame ice-cream! the grilled prawn tasted so fresh! I was surprised the chef included cheese in this dish, making this slightly fusion cuisine!
pork topped with egg white + pork fat….it’s supposed to represent the painting of a mountain you see on the left…. interesting fact.. the owner of this restaurant painted it.. the pork was soooooo tender and flavourful…
This was the most memorable meal of the trip.. the environment was tranquil, presentation of the meal was stunning and the food was delicious. Definitely worth the hike and the price!
FAIM? OUI OUI!!!
Sagakemonoocho, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto, Japan