Sunday, February 28, 2016

Have you eaten at Morimoto Asia yet? Check out this craft beer pairing.

Gosh, I hate crowds. I hate construction too. But I love Asian food. I guess it's the two reasons out three that have kept me from visiting Morimoto Asia at Disney Springs to this point. I may have to get over it, though, and man-up for crowds and construction, because this craft beer pairing with dinner sounds too good to pass up.

The cherry blossom, or sakura, is widely regarded as Japan's unofficial national flower. There are dozens of different cherry tree varieties in Japan, most of which bloom for only a couple of days each spring. The seasonal spectacle is celebrated with hanami, or cherry blossom viewing, parties under the trees. It is in this spirit that Crooked Can Brewing Co. worked in partnership with Morimoto Asia to create this unique, seasonal, Cherry Blossom Kolsch. This signature beer will be debuted on March 3rd and is available only at Morimoto Asia at Disney Springs - and like the cherry blossom itself - for a limited time.

Morimoto Asia at Disney Springs is teaming up with Winter Garden-based Crooked Can Brewing Company to host an intimate five-course craft beer pairing dinner. The menu, created by Executive Chef Yuhi Fujinaga, will showcase a selection of modern Pan-Asian dishes. Each course will be paired by Crooked Can brewmasters Kent Waugh and Chad Holloway. Price is $85 per guest all -inclusive. The menu and parings are below.

1st Course
Spring Collection of Shellfish Ceviche
Alaskan king crab, Washington State mirugai, Maine Uni, salmon roe, bean thread noodle
Crooked Can Cherry Blossom Kolsch

2nd Course
Duo of Duck
Morimoto Peking duck served with flour pancakes, hoisin miso, apricot-chili, and scallions
Consomme soup, daikon, carrot, foie gras
Crooked Can Bock Humbug

3rd Course
Trio of Chicken Satays
Chicken skins, yuzu-kosho, Himalayan salt; Boneless chicken wings, spicy garlic glaze; Chicken thigh, peanut sauce, cilantro
Crooked Can McSwagger's Amber Ale

4th Course
Domestic Wagyu Sirloin "Ishiyaki"
Grilled at tableside with kimchi fried rice cake, smoked soy, fresh wasabi
Crooked Can Stout

"Taiyaki" Japanese style pancake stuffed with sweet azuki beans
Served with matcha gelato
Crooked Can Cloud Chaser Hefeweizen

Thursday, March 3rd, Dinner starts promptly at 7 p.m.

Morimoto Asia at Disney Springs

Guests can reserve a seat by calling (407) 939-6686 (MOTO).

$85 per guest (all-inclusive)

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