This week FOODEX JAPAN, one of the biggest food and beverage trade shows in Japan, was taken place at Makuhari Messe. There we found and tasted many food and beverage products come from across Japan. Some are new ideas and others are traditional ones. Here we selected three products that we can recommend the most among many we found there.
Haccho Miso Curry (八丁味噌カレー) from Okazaki, Aichi Prefecture
The curry sauce is produced by a small "Ryori-Ryokan" (料理旅館, Japanese traditional inn featuring its local cuisine especially). Normally Ryokans do not serve curry-rice to guests, as it is rather daily home-cooking food. The product actually originated from meal provided on the ryokan's staff during their break time. The unique point is that the curry sauce is made with the city's local product Haccho Miso paste. The miso adds sweet flavour into the spicy hot curry and it makes the sauce tender and leaves distant Japanese taste. Needless to say, it is the most popular souvenir gift at the accommodation.
Satsuma Sparkling Yuzudon (薩摩スパークリング ゆずどん) from Kagoshima, Kyushu region
It is sparkling wine made by mixing Kyushu region's distilled sake, shochu, and fresh natural Yuzu citrus. Even before taking the wine into the mouth, fine scent of Yuzu from the glass must strike your mind. We have many flavoured sparkling wine around the world but it is rare to find such real fresh, non-artificial, and strong (but never be too much) citrus fruit flavour.
Apple jelly from Aomori
The last one has not been in the market yet. We tasted its sample product at the trade show. The jelly contains a lot of grated apple pulp. It is simple as product maybe but the pure and rich taste of apple is impressive. Hope it will be in the market soon.
Sorry, we will disclose the name and image of the product when it is officially available.
These food and drink are availale at limited places within their origin regions and major department stores sometimes, apart from online shops.
Don't miss a chance to get them if you visit their regions
FOODEX JAPAN 2012 (6th to 9th March) official site: http://www3.jma.or.jp
*The trade show is exclusive for professionals related food and beverage production and distributions.