Guests and organizers break open a wooden cask of sake at the opening of the Oishi Nippon Fair in Ho Chi Minh City September 10
An annual Japanese food festival that seeks to promote Japan's rich and distinctive culinary culture opened at Tokyo Town Restaurant in Ho Chi Minh City Tuesday.
At the second Oishi Nippon Fair, offer many dishes and drinks will be offered free to Vietnamese guests.
Culinary expert Nguyen Thi Dieu Thao will instruct visitors in Japanese cooking with her own recipes that use Japanese ingredients and spices like miso and soya sauce. She said the foods would suit the Vietnamese palate.
| Culinary expert Nguyen Thi Dieu Thao
Thao's dishes are also find a place in Tokyo Town's special menu.
Speaking at the opening ceremony, Tomofumi Kameoki of the Japanese ministry, said: "I hope the exchange of culinary culture between Vietnam and Japan will make a contribution to the development of world culinary culture."
The ceremony was attended by representatives of the Japanese consulate in the city, the Japan External Trade Organization, the Japanese Business Association of HCMC, and others.
Guests witnessed the opening of wooden sake casks with mallets as part of a Japanese ceremony called kagami biraki to pray for good luck. They were also treated to Japanese foods that allowed them to feel the essence of the country's culinary culture, both in terms of cooking and presenting.
A program called "Introducing Japanese culture and food to the world" was also launched at the event.
The event, organized by Japan's Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry Fisheries and the consulate, goes on until the 17th at the restaurant at 188 Nam Ky Khoi Nghia Street, District 3.
The previous fair was held in April.
The ministry is also organizing a "Counter of Japanese delicious foods" at the 17th International Exhibition on Foods and Beverages held in HCMC from September 11 to 14.
The event is on at the Tan Binh Exhibition and Convention Center (446 Hoang Van Thu Street, Tan Binh District) with more than 300 businesses from 18 countries and territories taking part.