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Oku Yame Gift Set

“To eat is to be happy” - based on great ingredients. Dashi (Japanese soup stock made from fish and kelp) and yokan (sweet bean jelly) from a true Japanese cuisine restaurant which is really stylish.

This particular restaurant holds its own personal view in regards to its carefully selected, and high-quality, ingredients, for example they believe that dashi supports the underlying foundation of Japanese cuisine, and yokan is a familiar sweet which has been served with tea since long ago. With this souvenir gift set made using the finest ingredients, they invite you to partake of the profoundly deep culture of washoku (traditional Japanese food).

Oku Yame Gift Set

Like love at first sight, but love at first bite. The place where professionals fall in love with tea is the taste of Oku Yame.

Shigenao Toda, the Asakasa Toda Japanese cuisine restaurant owner, seemed lost in thought as he cast his mind back to the past, “about six years ago at a food trade fair there was one particular sample which completely bowled over everyone who tasted a sip, this was our dashi. When they asked about it, we explained that it is a unique blend of dashi with gyokuro (refined green tea). In addition, it is produced with the assistance of a Oku Yame teashop in Fukuoka Prefecture, an area famous for producing the foremost tea throughout the country, who cooperated with our concept of adding gyokuro to dashi.” Dashi, as it is to washoku, is an essential strut in the foundation of cooking. And, of course Mr. Toda’s restaurant is no different, day after day they make dashi, it is a “dashi so great” that they fell in love with it, and it is the deciding factor for dishes such as soup dish and Takikomi Gohan (a Japanese rice dish made with dashi and soy sauce, and which can include, vegetables, meat, or fish).

Mr Toda is clearly extremely enthusiatic about this dashi, but what exactly is it that makes it so delicious? “When we make dashi, besides gyokuro there are seven other ingredients like konbu (kelp), shiitake mushrooms and four kinds of fish. The sweetness and high-quality taste of the Oku Yame gyokuro links naturally together with the full body taste of dashi, it masks the smell of fish, and produces a taste which is filled with finesse (refined and sophisticated) and vigor.”

Oku Yame Gift Set

In addition, some of the ingredients they use are, for example, Nagasaki Prefecture’s yakiago (fried flying fish)which is full of flavor and is well-known for being used in dashi in Kyushu, and dried bonito from Makurazaki, a famous area for top-quality dried bonito which has been repeatedly dried in the sun and left to mold. Another ingredient that gives their dashi a distinctive flavor is dried herring, which has been selected from Kumamoto, as it doesn’t have much excess fat. Just like the herring, other ingredients mixed with the dried bonito shavings are high grade katsuobushi (with mold) that has been made over many hours in Nagasaki Prefecture, as well as sababushi (dried blue mackerel), which all work to deepen the flavor. Natural konbu (kelp) from Rishiri have a particularly strong taste, while the shiitake mushrooms, which have a guanyl acid-like taste, come from Miyazaki, so you can see for whichever ingredient we talk about, you can be sure it is top-quality. Finally, the shape of their simple dashi pack itself is perfect.

Oku Yame Gift Set

Besides dashi, Mr Toda is also acknowledged for the other uses he has for the teashop’s products, that is of course the sencha tea and hojicha tea in Oku Yame which has been kneaded to make two different kinds of yokan.

Oku Yame Gift Set

Mr Toda pointed out that “sencha is a sweet tea with a refreshing taste, while hojicha tea has a lingering aroma which is a little savoury, these characteristics show the high quality of the tea-leaf ingredients.” As the tea has a strong taste and aroma it is best to taste this product slowly and carefully, and in small pieces. As a matter of fact when you try it, it can be pretty much left unsaid that it has the aroma and taste of tea! It is really suprising how good the refreshing sweetness of the sugar candy feels in your mouth. Mr. Toda’s carefully selected Oku Yame Gift Set is a souvenir in which high-quality ingredients have been really tightly condensed together.

Oku Yame Gift Set

He discovered what is great about Japan by working abroad in Italy at a Italian restaurant, and he wants to convey this through washoku (traditional Japanese food).

The current owner of this Japanese cuisine restaurant, Mr Toda, actually worked in an Italian restaurant for about a year and has quite an unconventional personal history. As he went abroad he could see that for non-Japanese people it can be hard to understand Japanese culture, but when he returned to Japan he thought about how he could help people understand and appreciate Japanese culture.

Oku Yame Gift Set

“For example, like why we say itadakimasu before we eat, or gochisousama after we have finished. I thought about how Japanese culture, which has been greatly influenced by Buddhist culture, could be translated in a fun way through the medium of food, and how non-Japanese people could connect through to this via the satisfaction of eating Japanese cooking.” Therefore, for Mr Toda the restaurant should capture "the stage of coordinated entertainment." It isn’t just about cooking, from the instant you take a step through the restaurant’s entrance you are hit by the tasteful decoration which incorporates seasonal flowers, and the subtle aroma of incense, it is an extraordinary space which directly draws in customers. Once you sit in your seat, then Mr. Toda’s show will begin.

Oku Yame Gift Set

“When I was working at the Italian restaurant the other staff members used to say ‘lets make the magic happen at the table.’ At a restaurant you don’t just enjoy delicious dishes, an important element is raising the customer’s satisfaction through how the space is presented and how the staff speak to the customer. Everything has to fit together, when the meal is finished the customer should feel that ‘today was simply the best,’ and be happy to the point that they want to hug the staff before going home. As that meal could be a once-in-a-lifetime important moment, we have to work hard to make sure that ‘want to hug the staff’ moment comes.” Mr Toda’s restaurant holds a global outlook, and night after night it is overflowing with the smiling faces of customers from abroad.

The restaurant’s souvenirs are gifts to remember 2 important hours by!

With a desire for their customers to “take something home to remember the enjoyable time they had in our restaurant,” Mr Toda’s carefully selected Oku Yame Gift Set is a souvenir which not only will you love, but your family will enjoy too. “As, after all, besides the dashi pack being easy to use, you can pick different things to eat.” The dashi, with its flavor, and the yokan, with its low-key sweetness, are well-suited and exceptional, but just the dashi by itself can be drunk just as a simple kind of cup soup. Or if you want to savor the taste of the dashi, then try it with udon. If you want to eat cha soba (green tea buckwheat noodles), then you can enjoy the synergy effect with the flavor of gyokuro which is in the dashi. I would recommend that if you want to put it into curry that you try cooking it with curry from a high-class buckwheat-noodle restaurant. You will find this dashi to be delicious even if you dry it out and use it in powder form.”

Oku Yame Gift Set

Mr Toda also says that he will be very happy if this gift set acts as a trigger to get people talking! We have to agree, that as Mr. Toda says, this gift set will really spark off conversation, as the yokan has really authentic sweetness, and the dashi has an aroma which is exceptionally refined. Anyone who receives this gift will really enjoy it.

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