I have a special corner in my heart for the Japanese culture and the country of Japan . Japan being an island nation has minimal resources but with their hard work and dedication they have built a nation which is technologically advanced and the Japanese people are one of the most hardworking people.
I got to know about Japanese food festival through Facebook ( Ah ! one of the benefits of Social Media) which was happening in Sangri-La hotel in Vasanthnagar.
My husband and Son are diehard foodies and love to explore different cuisines. The food festival had many Japanese restaurants from the city offering their delectable stuff.
The Japanese restaurants serving the Japanese delights were Shiro , Broadway , Matsuri , Mikusu , Edo( By ITC Gardenia) , Jameson , Yataii ( Shangri-La ‘s own Japanese Restaurant) , Daily Sushi etc .
Also A stall was kept by Gadre supplier who exclusively import Japanese ingredients , Japanese wines and fish to Bangalore for all the Japanese aficionados
The food served were Japanese and some indian inspired Japanese food. The biryani inspired gumba rolls was my first . Then there were different varieties of sushi , maki rolls , California rolls , miso soup , Japanese inspired croquettes, sashimi etc.
I loved the maki rolls with the crunchy layer which was filled with sea food. A slight dip in the dark soy sauce gives a distinct flavour to the rice. Sushi is a complete food and a delight to your taste buds. I have to thank my sister who introduced me to this culinary wonder.
There was free sampling of Japanese Sake courtesy the Japanese consulate which I found really fresh and titillating. The Japanese sake is a wine brewed from Rice and is quite famous in Japan.
Now when I am talking about so many savouries it will be crime not to talk about my favourite dessert . The cotton cheesecake was a revelation , light and fluffy , it floated like a cloud on my mouth . An addition of little chocolate sauce and a wedge of lime really raised the palate for me .
We also tried the kafir lime icecream which was unique but it may take time to get used to that taste.
A host of cultural events was in process along with the food festival . The rendition of Kannada and Hindi songs by Mr Kuboki – San was really heart-warming and it added a very festive vibe to the food festival.
There were also stalls of Japanese food companies and beverages who were offering free samples . It was amusing to see kids lining up for free sample of cup noodles by NISSIN ( kids will be kids after all).
The food festival is a great way to meet people, learn traditions , food from other culture . It also gives you a window to learn about the nuances of a different country who are alike and different in so many ways.
A video done by Amit Sinha
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