During my business trips in Pacific Rim or US from time to time I am exposed to Japanese cooking abroad. Usually I try to avoid the experience, because usually the food is not so impressive. This time, I felt I will be in for a special treat, because the Japanese food festival at the Sheraton in Surabaya Indonesia was promoted as a traditional Japanese flair with the master chef from the Westin Tokyo (Saito Masahiko). Having flown in a “celebrity master chef” as promoted I was looking forward to the feeling of home while being in Indonesia.
To be honest the flavors were very interesting, but I would not consider it similar to the Japanese tastes I have eaten in Japan. All of the dishes provided I have tasted in Japan, but it seems to me presented taste was for me very unusual. As the meals were created by a Japanese master chef, plus promoted as the real deal, I wondered whether I shall talk to the chef. Sadly the chef was already gone, because I would have enjoyed talking to him.
At the same time, I am wondering now whether in general I should give feedback about the Japanese cooking while abroad. In general when I see that Chinese or Mexican mainly cook the dishes – what I have seen mostly in the US – I don’t comment about the flavor, but keep an open mind of new trends in fusion cuisine. But this time it was different.
For sure I am looking forward to your feedback and please feel free to add any comments below as well.
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