InterContinental Hong Kong’s Popular Harbourside Restaurant Presents “Autumn in Okinawa” A Cultural Culinary Showcase Unlock the Culinary Treasures of Okinawa for a longer and healthier life! (September 19 - October 31, 2016)
From September 19 - October 31, InterContinental Hong Kong’s popular Harbourside Restaurant, acclaimed for its elaborate international buffets, presents “Autumn in Okinawa”, a Cultural Culinary Showcase of specialty products and seasonal produce from Okinawa, the tropical island prefecture of Japan, known for its delicious fresh food, pristine white sand beaches, clear and clean waters and also for the longevity of its residents.
Harbourside will welcome Guest Chefs Jun Kakazu and Junji Taba from InterContinental ANA MANZA Beach Resort in Okinawa, Japan from September 19 - 25. The guest chefs will be preparing their specialty dishes using premium products and ingredients imported exclusively for this Okinawan Cultural Culinary Showcase.
Chef Jun Kakazu is the Head Chef and Chef Junji Taba is the Sushi Chef at the famous Unkai Restaurant at InterContinental ANA Manza Beach Resort. These two Japanese guest chefs will share the authentic flavours of Okinawan cuisine at live action stations at the Harbourside lunch and dinner buffets.
Some of their signature Okinawan dishes include:
- Rafute: This dish originates from Dong Po Rou in Chinese cuisine and features pork ribs with unhusked skin, soft boiled using Awarmori liquor, soy sauce and sugar, served with mustard. Originally a form of Okinawan Royal Cuisine, it is supposed to aid in longevity.
- Special Okinawa Uchina Tempura: “Uchina” means local Okinawan Tempura using popular local ingredients such as red potato, which is rich in minerals, goya, which is full of vitamins, and “Mozuku” seaweed which stimulates a smooth blood flow.
- Okinawa Soba Noodles: This is one of the most famous local dishes, best enjoyed with a combinations of green onions and pickled ginger. Okinawa Soba origins in China. It does not contain buckwheat like traditional Japanese soba noodles.
- “Kubu Irichi” Stir-fried Kombu Seaweed: ‘Kubu” means Kombu seaweed. “Irichi” means stir-fry in the Okinawan dialect. Seaweed is a popular ingredient in Okinawa, which has the highest consumption in Japan. Seaweed is known to be full of Alginic Acid which helps to reduce cholesterol.
- Green Papaya Champuru (Stir-fried Papaya): There are two types of papayas – vegetable and fruit. In East Asia, papayas are commonly served raw in salad, but in Okinawa they are cooked with meat and vegetables in the traditional “Champuru” style.
About Okinawan Cuisine
Okinawan cuisine incorporates influences from Chinese cuisine and Southeast Asian cuisine due to its long history of trade. Besides vegetables and fruits, the influences of southern and southeastern Asia are evident in Okinawan cuisine in its use of herbs and spices, such as turmeric, which is used in Okinawa more often than in mainland Japan. Another characteristic of Okinawan cuisine is its reliance on meat. The main protein sources of Okinawan cuisine are derived from livestock, specifically pigs.
The Harbourside Buffet will showcase the top quality food products for which Okinawa is renowned and which form a key part of Okinawan cuisine, including:
- Agu Pork, which contains less cholesterol than regular pork. This pork is from a rare Okinawan traditional breed with black hair (similar to a wild boar) which dates back to the 14th century (Min era) when the original breed of pig was brought to Okinawa from China. It is famous for its tender sweet and delicious meat. Okinawan Agu Pork will be featured on the buffet in three styles – at a Live Grill Station, cooked with Bitter Melon and marinated with Soy Sauce.
- Farmed Yellow Fin Tuna from the Sea of Okinawa
- Okinawa Soba Soup Noodles, another Okinawan specialty, will be prepared by our chefs at a live action station. Okinawa Soba is a type of noodle soup produced in Okinawa, Sometimes simply called soba, it is different from buckwheat noodles known as soba in the rest of Japan. The thick wheat noodles, which resemble udon, are served in a broth flavoured with konbu (edible seaweed), katsuobushi flakes and pork. Toppings include kamaboko (fish cake),sliced scallion and a thick slice of stewed pork belly or soki (boneless pork ribs), garnished with pickled ginger.
- Okinawa Green Papaya can be consumed as a vegetable or as a fruit. The enzymes in this papaya are said to have both slimming and breast enhancing properties, and are also good for the skin! A great source of potassium, green papaya also contains more Vitamin A than a carrot.
- Citrus Depressa, which has anti-inflammatory properties, is one of the healthiest fruits on the Ryukyu Islands. The citrus depressa, or shikwasa (called shequasar in English), has a nutritious and flavourful taste. Known as a flat lemon, hirami lemon, or thin-skinned flat lemon, it is a small, green citrus fruit rich in flavonoids and native to Okinawa.
- Mozuku Seaweed works as an antioxidant Acclaimed for its thickness and texture, Mozuku Seaweed is harvested in the beautiful clear ocean waters of Okinawa and is known as one of the famous longevity products from Japan.
- Seasonal Vegetables: Sample a rotating selection of fresh seasonal greens and veggies from Okinawa – all high in nutrients which contribute to the long and healthy lives of Okinawans.
- Sponge Gourd (known as Lufa) is one of the healthiest green vegetables. It is basically a fruit but is consumed as a vegetable.
- Japanese Mugwort grows in southern area of Japan in Okinawa and Kyushu Island where people have a longer life span. Mugworts are used medicinally, especially in Chinese, Japanese, and Korean traditional medicine. It is also used as an herb to flavour food and is also used to make herbal tea.
- Okinawa Spinach, Round Okra, Winged Beans and Bitter Melon are some of the other showcased seasonal vegetables on the buffet.
- A rotating selection of specialty desserts inspired by ingredients from Okinawa including Beni Imo Pie, Matcha Crème Caramel, Imagawayaki Blueberry, Imagawayaki Chocolate, Okinawa Dango, Shiikwaasaa Tart, Sweet Potato/Ginger and Sweet Potato/Macadamia Pie.
Okinawa is the southernmost Prefecture of Japan and is the largest of the Okinawa Islands and Ryukyu (Nansei) Islands. Okinawa is known for its tropical weather, breathtaking beaches and its delicious fresh food. The seas surrounding Okinawa's islands are considered amongst the world's most beautiful beaches with coral reefs and infinite marine wildlife. With its distinctive culture and fascinating scenery, the island is rapidly growing as a tourist destination for visitors from all around the globe. The island's population is known for the longevity of its residents – with one of the longest living populations in the world. (Okinawa has 34 centenarians per 100,000 people, which is more than three times the rate of mainland Japan).
Opening Ceremony of “Autumn in Okinawa”
A Cultural Culinary Showcase
Featuring the Traditional Ryukyu Dance and
Japanese Tuna Cutting Ceremony
Monday, September 19 (5:30pm - 6:15pm)
Guests who reserve the Harbourside Buffet on Monday, September 19 evening, the opening night of the “Autumn in Okinawa” Cultural Culinary Showcase, are invited to come to Harbourside at 5:30pm to enjoy the Opening Ceremony which will be officiated by representatives from the Japanese Consulate in Hong Kong and the Okinawa Prefecture.
Highlights of the Opening Ceremony will include a Performance of the Ryukyu Dance (Okinawa’s Traditional Dance) and a Traditional Japanese Tuna Cutting Ceremony with a 40 kilo Farmed Yellow Fin Tuna (from the Sea of Okinawa), which will be served during the Okinawa Cultural Culinary Showcase at Harbourside.
Monday - Friday: Adults: HK$448 / Children (3 - 11 years old): HK$318
Saturday: Adults: HK$508 / Children (3 - 11 years old): HK$358
Public Holidays: Adults: HK$548 / Children (3 - 11 years old): HK$388
Daily: Adults: HK$868 / Children (3 - 11 years old): HK$608
Adults: HK$898 (inclusive of free-flowing Champagne, wine & beer / Adults (with free-flowing juice and soft drinks: HK$848 / Children (ages 3 - 11): HK598
Reservations and Enquiries
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Tel: +852 2313 2323
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Carole L Klein
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InterContinental Hong Kong
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