We’re heading into the final week of Food & Wine, so if you’re just hitting it up, we want to be sure to cover some more items we’ve tried! We’ve taken it easy this year at the festival, knocking out most of our picks during opening weekend with a single follow-up in mid-October. I’ll work on wrapping up our reviews before the final weekend, although there may be a few stragglers. One I wanted to be sure I featured were some more options from the Japan kiosk. We’ve reviewed a couple of this year’s new items already, but we did make another visit to try a couple more.
Be sure to check out our thoughts on the Karaage Hand Roll and the Sukiyaki Beef Pan.
The Sake Strawberry Mist sounded like a perfect match for me. I’m a fan of sake, and a frozen mix of it with strawberry would be hard pressed to go wrong. Throw a mini umbrella in the drink? I’m sold!
The beverage itself is honestly quite delicious. You can definitely taste the sake, as it has a very distinct flavor. I didn’t find the drink too sweet, either. The ice crystals were quite smooth, and the drink seemed to want to melt a bit quicker than other frozen beverages I’ve ordered and in a not-so-sweltering temperature as well. If you like the frozen strawberry margaritas from the kiosk in Mexico, there’s a good chance you will enjoy this as well.
Having enjoyed the Karaage Hand Roll, I wanted to try the Spicy Hand Roll version as well. While presentation was similar, the roll is a combination of Tuna & Salmon with Chili Pepper, Soy Sauce & Sesame Oil topped with Kazan Volcano Sauce.
There was a noticeable difference in heat between this roll and the Karaage, but it was one I welcomed.
The roll had a lot of tuna and salmon filling, but the texture seemed more mushy than actual pieces of tuna and salmon. Despite the odd texture, it had nice flavor and I didn’t get sick, so it’s a win!
I think of the two hand rolls, I have to give the win to the Karaage. While I liked the heat of the Spicy roll, the Karaage was something different and new to me. I’d like to see the spicy components of the Spicy Hand Roll incorporated into the Karaage.
Let us know what you thought of Japan’s offerings! Did you try any of the sakes?