I am in Japan, in a conference hall, and when I look around I see… chairs, walls, blinded windows. If there would have been people the differences would have been more distinct.
But now I could have been anywhere. Fortunatelly I did have a change to leave the conference center and I am getting introduced to the Japanes Kitchen.
I consider myself a foody, but not a ‘natural one’. I have not been educated as such and a lot of things that I appreciate nowadays I have tought myself to eat when I was in my late 20s.
I have been concentrating on the European kitchen mostly. I am familiar with the French and Italian kitchen. I even pretend to be able to cook. But all this pompus pretention asside I have never been properly introduced to the Japanese kitchen. Mainly because I am not so much of a fish eater. But here I am getting over it. The food is so amazingly well prepared that one just has to taste.
We went to a restaurant two days ago where we had a “surprise” dinner (only 2500 Yen), a wide variety of fish, poultry, veggies and… beef. The best beef I had in years… maybe even the best beef in my life. It came with sesame seeds and a red sauce that might have had some tomato in it but also could have been soy based. Let me not forget to mention the Duck, which appearantly is judged at proper value here too.
I hope I’m abble to find more places with surprises like this…. jummy.