Since the 14th February is one of the most popular days of the year for a romantic evening meal, why not prepare your restaurant to serve the best Japanese dishes as part of your Valentine’s Day dinner menu.
Use Mizkan Chef’s specially crafted ingredients to add an extra touch of flavour that customers will surely remember. Let’s get started…
Sake Steamed Clams – Starter
Let’s start with an extremely easy to make appetizer common in izakaya (Japanese bars) – sake steamed clams. This dish takes around 10 minutes to make and only requires a handful of ingredients.
This step is required to be completed 2-3 days in advance, to ensure best results.
Sprinkle salt over the fish fillets and set aside for 30 minutes. Once done, rinse off the salt with sake. Using a paper towel, pat dry the fish to remove moisture.
Mix saikyo miso, Honteri, and sake in a bowl and pour into a flat bottom airtight container. Add the fish to the container, coating both sides with the marinade. Seal and refrigerate for 1-2 days.
Cooking the fish:
Remove all excess miso from the fish, and place on a baking tray with the skin side up.
Preheat the oven to 200C and place the tray in the centre of the oven to allow for slow and even cooking. After 20 minutes, transfer the fillets from the baking tray to a serving plate. Remove any burnt miso around the fish and serve with rice or vegetables of your choice.
Honmei Choco – Dessert
In Japan, Honmei chocolates are a Valentine’s Day speciality used to express love to those you’re romantically involved with. Incorporate this into your menu to capture the true essence of a Japanese Valentine’s Day.
Ingredients (2 servings):
414ml sweetened condensed milk
14ml vanilla extract
Candy sprinkles (optional)
Coconut threads (optional)
Powdered sugar (optional)
Melt butter on low heat. Add and stir in cocoa powder until smooth. Add milk and increase the heat to medium, stir continuously for four minutes to create a pudding-like consistency.
Turn off the heat, add vanilla essence and transfer the mixture into a bowl. Add dates and walnuts, cover with cling film and refrigerate for four hours.
Roll the mixture into 3cm balls or any other shape you’d like and cover them in your preferred coating. Refrigerate again for two hours before serving.
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