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Flavours of Japan: Sushi and Tea Tasting

Posted by Amie / May 19, 2010

Flavours of JapanTo wrap up the Acces Asie Festival on in Montreal throughout the month of May, Mikado restaurant on avenue Laurier is opening its doors this Saturday, May 22nd to anyone interested in watching their chef demonstrate the art of sushi-making and eating the art. The event, Flavours of Japan, includes a demo and tasting of sushi accompanied by a presentation and sampling of Japanese teas. It costs $20 to swing those doors open and find yourself a seat. Since it's so affordable, the tasting might prove to be more of a snack than a meal, but from 1-3pm you can watch art being sliced and poured in front of you.

The Festival Acces Asie has been around for 15 years, and celebrates Asian Heritage Month every May. The festival includes performances, art, films and lectures. The sushi tasting is the only culinary event on the menu.

Ever wonder what a sushi chef is thinking when you see him slicing fish? Not just how big a piece has to be to envelope a small handfull of rice, but how it's cut, what angle, and what thickness it should be. How much wasabi should he sneak between the fish and the rice in a nigiri? So much could be revealed in a two-hour tasting. Maybe even Mikado's sushi rice recipe. Since sushi just means "vinegared rice", what magic ingredients get added to the carefully prepared grains that make each restaurant's version a little different? What kind of fish is the generically-named "whitefish" that you see on menus? Where is the fish from and what makes it higher or lesser quality?

Of course, you can't neglect the teas. Tea specialist, Ritsuko Uchiyama will offer traditional sencha, or matcha, green tea. Find out about the art of preparing and serving the drink in tea ceremonies. What makes it so expensive and of such high quality? You'll probably get more answers by using your eyes and ears, rather than your mouth, so maybe just sit back and enjoy what's offered. Besides, your mouth will be occupied.

When: Saturday May 22, 1-3pm
Where: Mikado restaurant, 399 Laurier West
Cost: $20 a person
RSVP before Friday, May 21 by calling 514-523-1047

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