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Taste of Japan: Specialty Seafood & Sake Series
February 16 - February 19
In an effort to promote Japanese ingredients, the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) and the Consul General of Japan in Los Angeles are partnering with ten Phoenix restaurants to host Taste of Japan: Specialty Seafood & Sake Series. From Feb. 16 to March 1, each restaurant will create and serve unique, limited-time dishes highlighting Japanese seafood, specifically the succulent Hokkaido scallop.
Arizonans can visit the following restaurants to experience the Taste of Japan:
Kaizen Phoenix, located inside the Lawrence Building at 515 East Grant St. in Phoenix
Kuka Sushi and Izakaya, located at 1221 E Apache Blvd. Suite 103 in Tempe
Shimogamo Japanese Restaurant, located at 2501 W. Warner Rd. in Chandler
Mikado Sushi, located at 3125 S Alma School Rd. #3b in Chandler
Kay Sushi, located at 10115 E Bell Rd. Unit 111 in Scottsdale
Sushi Crush, located at 6501 E Greenway Rd. Suite 123 in Scottsdale
Sake Haus, located at 214 E Roosevelt St. in Phoenix
Hana Japanese Eatery, located at 5524 N 7th Ave. in Phoenix
Roka Akor, located at 7299 N Scottsdale Rd. in Scottsdale
Umami BBQ Sushi, located at 7000 E Mayo Blvd. #1090 in Phoenix
Each restaurant will put its unique spin on the scallop; for example, Hana Japanese Eatery is offering the scallop dusted with potato starch, flash fried and topped with soy vinegar vegetables and ao nori while Kuka Sushi and Izakaya will offer a raw scallop served with basil olive oil, pink salt and yuzu sherbet.
The Japanese scallop comes from the Hokkaido and Tohoku regions of Japan where the water is nutrient and plankton-rich, allowing the scallop to thrive. As a food, scallop is versatile as it can be either cooked or eaten raw. Currently, the scallop is the most popular Japanese seafood in the world and is known for its rich umami flavor and uniquely firm yet juicy texture.
For more information, visit tasteofjpn.com.