| Wani Roslan |
THE selection of ingredients required to meet a Halal standard for Muslim countries including Brunei Darussalam is the most challenging for Japanese chefs.
According to Osau Otsuka, Cooking Supervisor, the ingredients used in Brunei are different from those used in Japan.
However, local ingredients can still be used to maintain the authentic taste of Japanese cuisines.
“Most of the Japanese cuisines menus in Brunei are prepared with Halal ingredients and with the assistance of the local chefs, we are able to prepare better taste of Japanese cuisines,” he said.
“Apart from that, kitchen tools used in Japan are different and some of them are not available in Brunei,” Sinichi Nanmoku, Sushi Chef, added.
With the use of local ingredients in making Japanese cuisines, Noriko Iki, Japanese Ambassador to Brunei Darussalam shared to the Bulletin that there is no huge difference on the taste of the Japanese cuisines in Brunei because the ingredients are just simply modified in order to get the authentic taste.
According to Tetsurou Terada, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Daisyo Co Ltd, Japan has identified the growing demand for Halal products in an international market including in Japan.
While Masao Kajino, General Manager of Daisyo Co Ltd told the Bulletin that with the upcoming of 2020 Olympic Games in Japan, all Muslim athletes will be provided with convenience as halal foods will be served for them.
Tetsurou Terada also highlighted that among the main objectives for them to come to Brunei Darussalam are to promote Japanese cuisines to the local market and at the same time to promote Japanese culture among the youth in the Sultanate.
“Our objectives are not only focusing on Japanese food but also Asian food and at the same time we are also promoting Japanese culture and attract the attention of Bruneians to come to Japan and see the uniqueness of Japan,” he said.
The interview session with the Japanese Chefs comprising Masao Kajino, Osau Otsuka, Tsutome Nakamura, Shinichi Nanmoku and Seiro Ozaki was held at the residence of the Japanese Ambassador to Brunei Darussalam in Kg Sungai Tilong.
In conjunction with the 30th anniversary of the establishment of Japan-Brunei diplomatic relations, authentic cuisines from the Land of the Rising Sun are served at the ‘Taste of Japan’ promotion, held at Pantai Restaurant and Zen Pavilion of The Empire Hotel & Country Club which ends on November 17.