Sake and sashimi. Two things people in Hong Kong have suddenly become afraid of after the unfortunate events of Tohoku. The least we can do is help by continuing to consume safe Japanese produce. A blanket "no" is just dumb. I can't believe one of Hong Kong's most 'prominent' food show hosts, Ah So (So-sze Wong 蘇施黃), blatently wrote in her column in popular local magazine Eat & Travel Weekly that people shouldn't eat Japanese seafood at all, because it's just "too dangerous". What utterly irresponsible behaviour.
So I was more than grateful when some knowledgable foodies found out about Sushi Fuku-suke in Causeway Bay, whose owner/chef is from Sendai (and who, as we sadly discovered later, had lost his brother in the disaster), and counted me in for this exquisite and meaningful (on top of the usual curious and gluttonous) night of eating and drinking.
|Cute bamboo sake vessels and cups - a nice thin stream at a time!|
There were 2 omakase on offer, one was sushi-only and the other was sashimi - we all opted for the latter.
|Appetiser (rapeseed?) with bonito flakes|
I love sashimi. I've always had a problem with empathising with people who don't. If anything I think I sympathise. Why wouldn't you love beautiful, flavoursome, expertly prepared marine life in a totally fresh, unadulterated form? This assortment is the kind of delicious specimen I would present if I were to debate this case. Everything was very good, but the ebi, which I normally don't touch (because bad ones have a floury feel and taste sloppy), were especially brilliant; almost uni-esque in their intensity. I also loved the horse mackerel (bang in the middle) - for me, this meal confirmed how delightful mackerel is.
|Hamachi, bonito, sea bream|
|Egg and sea eel|
|Kisu kombujime, Uni|
|O-toro (fatty tuna), hotate (scallop), anago (sea eel)|
A steaming bowl of soup to end (the savoury part of the meal). This was a tasty combination of fish bones, parsley and scallion (?) and lime.
|Sea salt ice cream|
It's really cute but sad at the same time that they had this sign at the door to tell customers that their food is safe. On the top left is a letter from the Health Dept in Hong Kong, top right is a letter from the restaurant, and at the bottom is a map showing how far away the food they're serving is coming from. But - hello - no self-respecting Japanese restaurateur is going to serve you anything that they think is unsafe. Get with the program. Eat to support Japan.
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