BY CK Lam

The Japan Sweets Fair event held in Isetan KLCC in Kuala Lumpur is a sweet extravaganza, featuring lots of Japanese sweets. I had the opportunity to attend the fair which runs in the concourse floor from 18th October to 30th October 2013.

The event is capped off with the special appearance of Iron Chef Hiroyuki Sakai who specializes in French cuisine. Another special guests is none other than patissiers Chef Toshihiko Yoroizuka, who has made headlines for designing hats, bags, shoes and dresses that are not only good to look at but also good enough to eat.

Japan Sweets Fair in Isetan with Iron Chef Hiroyuki Sakai and Chef Toshihiko Yoroizuka by what2seeonline.com

Chef Yoroizuka and Chef Sakai 

 

The Japan Sweets Fair offers just about as many sweet “food” as it does on beverage and ice-cream. Many of us invited to the event had first-hand shots on the food and with the chefs.

Japan Sweets Fair in Isetan with Iron Chef Hiroyuki Sakai and Chef Toshihiko Yoroizuka by what2seeonline.com

Chef Sakai, myself and Chef Yoroizuka

 

The event unveiled its line of sweet treats including Dango, Okowa, Anmitsu, Daikufu, Crackers, Scone, Cheese Cake, cool Ice Candy and Aragoshi Sake. With so many choices and flavors, the biggest decision is what to try.

Japan Sweets Fair in Isetan with Iron Chef Hiroyuki Sakai and Chef Toshihiko Yoroizuka by what2seeonline.com

Japanese style cheese cake and scone

 

The Aragoshi Sake has four flavors and I personally enjoyed the Umeshu with Ume fruit of Nara and the dessert liqueur with Hakuto Peach.

Japan Sweets Fair in Isetan with Iron Chef Hiroyuki Sakai and Chef Toshihiko Yoroizuka by what2seeonline.com

Aragoshi Sake

 

A skewer of Sanshoku Dango comes in three delightful colors.  Made with rice flour the traditional Japanese dumplings come with three sweet fillings. I liked the one with black sesame seed paste.

 Japan Sweets Fair in Isetan with Iron Chef Hiroyuki Sakai and Chef Toshihiko Yoroizuka by what2seeonline.com

 

The Daikufu come with sweet filling of azuki red bean paste. The combination with pounded rice cake is indeed different.

Japan Sweets Fair in Isetan with Iron Chef Hiroyuki Sakai and Chef Toshihiko Yoroizuka by what2seeonline.comJapan Sweets Fair in Isetan with Iron Chef Hiroyuki Sakai and Chef Toshihiko Yoroizuka by what2seeonline.comJapan Sweets Fair in Isetan with Iron Chef Hiroyuki Sakai and Chef Toshihiko Yoroizuka by what2seeonline.com

 

The savory crispy crackers come with many different addictive flavors such as black bean, shrimp, squid, salty wasabi and many more.

Japan Sweets Fair in Isetan with Iron Chef Hiroyuki Sakai and Chef Toshihiko Yoroizuka by what2seeonline.com

 

The Anmitsu with agar-agar, azuki red bean and fruits is refreshing sweet and it had me going back for another serving.

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Japan Sweets Fair in Isetan with Iron Chef Hiroyuki Sakai and Chef Toshihiko Yoroizuka by what2seeonline.com

 

The ice candy and caramel ice-cream are two icy cold treats.

Japan Sweets Fair in Isetan with Iron Chef Hiroyuki Sakai and Chef Toshihiko Yoroizuka by what2seeonline.comJapan Sweets Fair in Isetan with Iron Chef Hiroyuki Sakai and Chef Toshihiko Yoroizuka by what2seeonline.com

 

The event is not just about desserts. There is also the warm Okowa wrapped in bamboo leaves. The fragrant sticky glutinous rice mixed with seasonal ingredients and vegetables is definitely worth a try.

Japan Sweets Fair in Isetan with Iron Chef Hiroyuki Sakai and Chef Toshihiko Yoroizuka by what2seeonline.com
Japan Sweets Fair in Isetan with Iron Chef Hiroyuki Sakai and Chef Toshihiko Yoroizuka by what2seeonline.comJapan Sweets Fair in Isetan with Iron Chef Hiroyuki Sakai and Chef Toshihiko Yoroizuka by what2seeonline.com

The chefs trying the okowa

 

It is a wonderful morning, sampling sweets of all kinds and meeting top-notch chefs from Japan. For more information of the currently ongoing Japan Sweets Fair, do visit: Isetan.com.my

Japan Sweets Fair in Isetan with Iron Chef Hiroyuki Sakai and Chef Toshihiko Yoroizuka by what2seeonline.com

 

* Many thanks to Ryosuke Sakuma for laying on this invitation.

 

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This entry was posted on Friday, October 18th, 2013 at 8:42 pm and is filed under Events, Glutinous Rice Ball, Invited Review, Japanese Cuisine, KL / PJ, Promotion. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site.

3 comments so far

Kelvyn
 1 

Iron chef Sakai. You are a legend

October 19th, 2013 at 9:30 am
Ong Han Chuan
 2 

Hi CK,

Great fan of your work and website; I have been reading it for a long time. I think the best phrase is “extending an invitation” rather than “laying on this invitation.” Thank you for your good work!

October 24th, 2013 at 9:16 pm
 3 

Everything looks soooooo good! Your photos are making me hungry! :)

January 3rd, 2014 at 2:08 pm

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