Thursday, December 19, 2013

Celebrating the Food and Culture of Japan with Ming Tsai

          I've never had dinner at Blue Ginger, but it's been on my list for years. So naturally I was thrilled to receive an invite to a special Cocktail Party in celebration of the first six episodes of Simply Ming recently shot on the road in Japan. Chef Ming attended along with Boston's Consulate-General of Japan. It was a fun evening with tons of delicious food, sake samples and more.

          We started with samples of several types of Evoluzione Sake which progressed from dry to more sweet and fruity. My favorites were the sweeter varieties, and I loved the Yuzu flavored.

          There were also passed hors d'ouvres including fois gras shumai in a sauternes-shallot broth and a smashed shrimp dumpling in a citrus-truffle vinaigrette. My favorite was the fois gras shumai, which was bursting with rich flavor.

          We had the opportunity to mingle with the other guests and Ming Tsai himself, before previewing a special sizzle reel of the 6 episodes of Simply Ming in Japan. This was followed by a talk from Chef Ming, with the opportunity for Q&A.

          While we watched and listened we were able to sample even more delicious dishes created on the road.

New Style Buri Sashimi with Hot Curry Oil
Miso_Sake Coq au Vin
Sake-Miso Marinated Butterfish, Soba Noodle Sushi, Wasabi Oil, Soy-Lime Syrup
Thai Style Chawan Mushi, Lobster, Mushrooms
Toasted Sesame Pear Tea Cake, Miso Caramel, Sweet Cream
          It was so much fun, and now I'm definitely going to make it a point to try Blue Ginger soon. Although they generally keep the restaurant menu separate from dishes on the show, the butter fish is a staple and should not be missed!

1 comment:

  1. I was so sad to miss this event! Looks like it was fantastic.