Kyozon restaurant: the new Asian kid in town

Last week Montreal was witness to a mega restaurant media launch party like I had not seen in a while. Let me introduce you to the newest Asian sweetheart on Crescent, THE downtown “bar-and-club street” :  Kyozon restaurant.

Kyozon presents itself as an affordable destination that blends a great bar with tasty New-Asian cuisine and a mezzanine Kaiten belt.

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Media Outings: Je t’aime en Chococlat & Wafu on Dragon’s Den

One fun perk about running a food blog is getting the occasional media event invite. After a while they sort of all blend together. Well this time I got 2 really original invitations I could not pass up: one by Je t’aime en Chocolat, the 3rd annual chocolate fair the weekend before St-Valentines Day, and Wafu, a Montreal company that specializes in Japanese dressings and mayonnaise, which recently appeared on Dragon’s Den.

The Je t’aime en Chococlat event is brimming with artisan chocolates from all over the Province of Quebec. I was spoiled with so many sample and the 5 friends that came with me enjoyed the wonderful treats each kiosk gave away. Ganache and flavored caramels seemed to be quite in fashion. Some of the artisans present were:

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Jiro Dreams of Sushi and the Shogun sauce

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For some reason my title makes me think of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (rolls off the tongue the same way). But this post is not related and and I will be jumping from one topic to another. You are warned, just go with the flow hi hi.

I am so happy to share my second post and participation with a new monthly group I have discovered called Food ‘n Flix. Once a month a ‘host’ picks a movie of their choice that pertains to food. Everyone watches the movie and then makes a recipe which the film inspired. It can be any recipe. This month’s pick is hosted by Camilla at Culinary Adventures with Camilla. She picked a documentary style movie called Jiro Dreams of Sushi.

Jiro Dreams of Sushi

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Daring Sushi

Finally, a Daring Cook’s Challenge which was a bit easier, well familiar. The November 2009 Daring Cooks’ Challenge was chosen by Audax of Audax Artifex and Rose of Bite Me Kitchen. They chose Sushi, specifically Dragon Rolls, Nigiri and Spiral Rolls.

Now I have made sushi a couple of times before. It was a bit of a tradition for a while at one of my friend’s place when an acquaintance of hers from Japan would come annually to Montreal. What was different this time was the rice. We were not as precise and traditional in its preparation. And boy its time consuming I found since one cooked the rice has to be fanned on a special way to cool in thin layers. But it is totally worth it.

The challenge is in four parts:

  • Part 1: Making proper sushi rice – you will wash, rinse, drain, soak, cook, dress, and cool short grain rice until each grain is sticky enough to hold toppings or bind ingredients. The recipe for the rice and the 3 types of sushis made is long so you can go check it on online here Sushi November Daring Cooks’ Challenge. Then you will use the cooked rice to form three types of sushi:
  • Part 2: Dragon sushi roll – an avocado covered inside-out rice roll with a tasty surprise filling. I made it with eel (unagi) which is a favorite of mine. As most I made mne to look a bit like an actualy dragon with wasabi eye balls and ginger with red chili pepper sauce for fire. Of course I did make mine look a bvit more like its hurling rather then spiting.
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  • Part 3: Decorative sushi – a nori-coated rice roll which reveals a decorative pattern when cut. I choose salmon, tuna, avocado, cuccumber, fish roe, crab stick.
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  • Part 4: Nigiri sushi – hand-shaped rice rolls with toppings….with salmon.
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What a yummy plate for dinner. Does it not look pretty?

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Hope that has inspired you to try sushi. Its really not as hard as you think.

Sushi Hana

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I you happen to live in the South Shore and are looking for great sushi…look no further then Sushi Hana in Longueuil.

Either to eat in or to take out you will not be dissapointed with anything. I had dinner at some friend’s place this weekend and we got some sushi to take out. We ate like PIGS…26 pieces each. Everything was delicious. Here is a close up of each tray:

 

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The yellow tail tuna sushi was divine. My fave rolls would have to be the Dragin Eye, the tempura and theur sushi pizza which I would call more lasagna.

Its really worth the detour here if you are in Montreal and have a car too. And it is affordable compared to most places.

Sushi Hana
http://www.sushihana.ca/
3211 Chemin De Chambly
Longueuil, QC J4L1N3
(450) 646-2226

Hugs and Biscuits
Evelyne