22 April 2014

Day 6: Shabu Shabu Dinner at Kokuya Ryokan

Day 6: Tokumi, Shibu Onsen

After a little disappointed with their dinner last night, we gave them a go again but tonight with their shabu shabu menu.  We tried to lower our expectation this time, but we were completely wrong.  We totally blown away with their dishes tonight.

Sashimi: Tuna, Seabream, Amberjack

Salad of shrimp with vinegared york dressing

Top: sesame sauce and bottom: ponsu-soy sauce

Shinshu beef "shabu-shabu"
 Look at how fatty is the meat.  Marbling Marbling and so Marbling.  Top quality of meat slices. 

The right way to cook your meat in shabu shabu is by gliding the piece of meat touching only the heat from the smoke that come out from the 'shabu shabu' vegetable soup.  And cook them to your liking.  I like mine medium rare, makes the meat tender and melt-in-your-mouth.  I could say this is the best meat I have ever eaten and when I said melt in my mouth, it really was MELTED in my mouth, is that soft.  The two sauces were definitely compliment the top quality meat.

Cooked turnip with chrysanthemum sauce

Odamaki chawan mushi
Chawan mushi is like custard that is steamed and potted.  And when they add udon noodles in it then it becomes Odamaki mushi.

Vinegared seaweed with yam

Steamed rice with clean soup, beef shigureni (beef and ginger boiled in soy sauce, and vegetable pickles

Apple compote with red wine
They did it again with their dessert.  Today we have this poached apple in red wine, sensational dessert.  I wish I could have second.

Stay tuned for the next blog still in Japan:
Day 7: On The Way Back To Tokyo

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