- Japanese culture
- Food / Gourmet
From February 1st to 3rd, 2022, the Tokyo Marriott Hotel will be offering a very special 恵方巻 ehōmaki sushi roll as a limited-time takeout item at the "G - Wa Selection" Japanese dining room on the first floor.
On the day of Setsubun, which is February 3rd, it is said that your wishes will come true if you face the year's lucky direction 恵方ehō (north-northwest in 2022) and eat a giant sushi roll all in one sitting without saying a word. For more information on this unique Japanese custom and its origins, read our in-depth article here.
Although the fillings are usually things like cucumbers, dried gourd, eel, shiitake mushrooms, fish, egg omelet, or tofu, the trend in recent years has seen increasingly luxurious ehōmaki with ingredients like snow crab meat, sea urchin, caviar, truffles or premium wagyu beef, wrapped in gold foil and even roll cakes pretending to be ehōmaki.
Showing us that there are still more exciting things that can be done with ehōmaki, the Tokyo Marriott Hotel's version for 2022 is beautifully decorated with colorful edible flowers, symbolizing the coming of spring.
Chef Takayuki Nakagawa, the head chef of Japanese cuisine at the Tokyo Marriott Hotel, has created this ehōmaki with a modern twist. The sushi rolls are wrapped in a reverse roll style, and the bright red color of the tuna and colorful edible flowers give it a spring-like appearance. The ingredients include tuna, seasoned grilled Japanese eel, seafood such as crab and shrimp, cucumber, and egg. The rice is Sasanishiki from Miyagi Prefecture, which has an elegant and gentle taste, and the sushi vinegar is a custom blend of rice vinegar and fermented Edomae red vinegar from Yokoi Brewing, which is used in many Edomae sushi restaurants and prized for its mild flavor.
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