Taste of Japan

For two weeks, 10 Phoenix area Japanese and sushi restaurants will offer a Taste of Japan pairing a specially prepared scallop dish with sake from February 16th – March 1st. The Taste of Japan: Specialty Seafood & Sake Series is partnership with the 10 restaurants and the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) and the Consul General of Japan in Los Angeles to promote Japanese seafood and specifically the Hokkaido Scallop. The scallop is currently the most popular Japanese seafood in the world and comes from the nutrient and plankton rich waters off the Hokkaido and Tohoku regions of Japan. The scallop can be eaten raw or cooked and is known for its rich umami flavor and firm & juicy texture.

“We are also committed to further strengthening the relationship between Japan and Arizona in the area of food as well as economic and cultural people-to-people ties,” said Kenko Sone, Consul General of Japan in Los Angeles. “Japan has high-quality seafood from our rich coastal waters, and sake and seafood have a harmonious relationship that complements and enhances each other. I hope Arizonans will take this opportunity to enjoy the marriage of Japanese seafood and sake.”

A couple of the dishes that will be served include Hana Japanese Eatery offering the scallop dusted with potato starch, flash fried and topped with soy vinegar vegetables and ao nori while Kuka Sushi and Izakaya will offer a raw scallop served with basil olive oil, pink salt and yuzu sherbet. In addition to each restaurants spin on the scallop, a special sake will be offered to pair with the dish. Diners are encouraged to share their photos on social media and tag #SupportSake and @supportsake for a chance to win round-trip airfare to Japan and other prizes.

Taste of Japan participating restaurants

The 10 restaurants serving the unique Hokkaido scallop dishes and sake are….

For more information and list & photos of each restaurant’s dish visit the Taste of Japan website.

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