Rosanjin: Explore Traditional Japanese Cooking

Rosanjin Japanese Restaurant was the third stop of our Mega Food Tour 2.0 last year and recently we were back for more.

An entrepreneur who is also a food hobbyist opened the shop in 2014 and named it after an acclaimed potter, painter and restaurateur Rosanjin Kitaoji.

During the food tour, we got to taste their Japanese Set #2 that comes with grilled mackerel, prawn and vegetable tempura, miso soup, a salad that looks like a deconstructed sushi and four (4) side dishes. I only got to taste the prawn tempura, miso soup and salad.

[caption id="attachment_6759" align="aligncenter" width="800"]rosanjin-japaneseset2 Japanese Set #2 - P450[/caption]

This time around we were introduced to two unique and interactive Japanese cooking techniques that are specialties of this restaurant.

The Australia Rib Steak was prepared Toban-yaki style - the roasting of meat on a ceramic plate, heat protection clay or aluminum (toban). The earthenware continues to emit heat even after removing the heat source. The meat and tofu remained juicy and tender. It was served with three different sauces - yakiniku, sour cream and a wine-based one.

[caption id="attachment_6752" align="aligncenter" width="560"]Australian Rib Steak Australian Rib Steak[/caption]

I was used to seeing sukiyaki easily cooked over an induction stove. But at Rosanjin, this dish is cooked using washi as the pot under small, direct fire! They call it Kaminabe where the paper doesn't burn because of applied heat conduction. I believe this made the vegetable and meat stew more rich and flavorful.

[caption id="attachment_6753" align="aligncenter" width="560"]Sukiyaki Kaminabe: P350 (regular), P1000 (big) Sukiyaki Kaminabe: P350 (regular), P1000 (big)[/caption]

Trivia: The washi or Japanese paper, usually used in Japanese crafts, is made from mulberry tree, paperbush or ganpi with fibers left long and uncut. Also, the Japanese also warm their sake this way :)

We were also served some California Rolls and Tofu Steak with its sesame-flavored dressing.

[caption id="attachment_6755" align="aligncenter" width="600"]California Roll - P150 California Roll - P150[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_6757" align="aligncenter" width="800"]Tofu Salad Tofu Salad[/caption]

And of course, Green Tea ice cream ;)

[caption id="attachment_6754" align="aligncenter" width="600"]Green Tea ice cream - P100 Green Tea ice cream - P100[/caption]

The restaurant also serves sashimi, ramen, gyoza and other cold desserts.

Rosanjin Japanese Restaurant is located at 3rd Floor, Mega Fashion Hall, SM Megamall, Ortigas, Mandaluyong City. They are open from 10AM to 9PM on Sundays to Thursdays and 10AM to 10PM on Fridays and Saturdays.

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