Saturday, 26 July 2014

Ten Zen Japanese Restaurant - HK

August 6, 2013
Junk Boat in Hong Kong
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We came to Ten Zen on the recommendation of a friend. 
They have a lunch special of 10 pieces of fresh sushi for $170 HKD and they include seasonal fish like Rock Bass and Deep Sea Fish (as seen on the menu above) - the other fish on the menu we didn't know how to translate it into English, therefore it will be "unknown".

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Clockwise from top left: Miso soup, pickled radishes, warm egg custard and seaweed salad
These side dishes were all included with the 10 pieces of sushi.
The miso soup was a thick soup with lots of green onion. The pickled radishes were really good, not too sour: just enough to whet the appetite. The warm egg custard had mushrooms and choy inside with a slightly salty taste of the sea and the seaweed salad was really tasty without being too salty.
What a great way to start off the meal!

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Left column: spring onion tuna roll, medium tuna and toro (fatty tuna belly)
Middle: unknown, octopus, sweet shrimp, white fish
Right: salmon roe, rock bass and deep sea fish
The spring onion tuna roll used chopped up toro - it was so delicious!!!
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Left: White fish, medium tuna, toro
Middle: Mackerel, rock bass, unknown, deep sea fish
Right: Flying fish roe, tamago (egg) and sweet shrimp
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Left: rock bass, deep sea fish, uni (sea urchin)
Middle: Ark shell, mackerel, octopus, unknown
Right: Toro, medium tuna, salmon
The sea urchin has a mushy texture and a very distinctive taste (definitely not for the weak of heart since it resembles eating brain).
The ark shell was a little harder to eat - the meat is a little tough.
The octopus was sweet and the salmon was delicious.
The tuna was really good especially the toro (fatty tuna). Toro just melts in your mouth - it's amazing. There are almost no words to describe how good that fish tastes.
The deep sea fish was a little tougher than I expected (I guess they have to be tough to survive living in the depths of the ocean without sunlight). The rock bass was really soft and almost melted in my mouth (but not comparable to the toro's softness).
Interestingly enough, the wasabi was the real deal and sparingly placed underneath each slice of fish and the rice - you could taste that it was freshly ground.

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Beef Sukiyaki
The sukiyaki broth was good - very hearty, salty and flavourful. There was a lot of beef and enoki mushrooms. It was classic Japanese sukiyaki and really well done.

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Black sesame ice cream and red bean ice cream with orange slices on the side
The red bean ice cream was amazing! So smooth and silky on the tongue and full of red bean flavour.
The sesame ice cream was more granular in texture and really tasted of sesame.

July 26, 2014
We couldn't leave Hong Kong without going to our favourite sushi place! 
The prices went up by $20 HKD, but it was still amazing sushi:
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The side dishes didn't change either (except for the salad)! Yay!

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They had unagi and toro! I was so excited!
There were a few pieces where I didn't know what I was eating, but everything was so delicious that I didn't care. Yum!!!
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Black sesame, red bean and green tea ice cream

Overall: If you're looking for sushi in Hong Kong, you've got to eat here! The fish is fresh and delicious and such a steal for $170 HKD. The service was impeccable too! Our waitress really knew her stuff and she made amazing recommendations. 

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