Japanese Festival

IMG_1629Konnichiwa, readers! Time for a Japanese post!

Recently, I attended the Japanese Festival at the Missouri Botanical Gardens. While I did have some lemonade and funnel cake like a traditional American, I also attended a cooking demonstration. This cooking demonstration starred the owner of Blue Ocean Sushi & Sake House, a restaurant on the Loop in St. Louis. A.K., the owner, was so incredibly nice and sweet, and demonstrated two dishes: California Roll and Gyudon.

The California Roll was surprisingly easy, and I definitely will be making that (or attempting to) with my sushi roller soon. A.K. gave many tips to the audience, including rubbing mayo on your gloves to help the rice not stick. The Gyudon’s aroma was so enticing, I wanted to eat the whole bowl of what he prepared. You may be wondering what Gyudon is. It is like a beef bowl, with Japanese flavors such as sake, soy sauce, mirin, dashi, and other key ingredients such as brown sugar and yellow onion. One thing I found interesting is that he took a raw egg and put it in a bowl of hot water. The egg in the end was slightly cooked, so that you may eat it,  but it wasn’t cooked through. This beef bowl smelled so good, I am considering ordering it instead of sushi at his restaurant. Is that crazy or what?? Well, I know one thing: it was crazy good. He handed out taste tests after, and this beef was so amazingly delicious I could go for seconds…and thirds…and fifths…and tenths…possibly more. Of course, this wasn’t allowed.

A.K. was not only a good chef, he was a good entertainer. He never let anyone get bored, and he cracked jokes here and there to keep everyone on their toes.

This impressive performance, tastes and entertainment combined, deserves 5 out of 5 stars.

IMG_3040♥ Gotta love that Gyudon.♥