Join Chef Shinji Yamaguchi of Gushi Japanese Street Food for a fun and delicious home-style sukiyaki party!
In Japan, as it gets towards the end of the year, there is a tradition to invite friends or co-workers to a fun, casual eating & drinking party called a bōnenkai (忘年会 literally “forget the year gathering”), to let go of the troubles of the past year and look forward to the possibilities of the upcoming one. A popular party dish is Sukiyaki, the Japanese version of hot pot, where ingredients are cooked at the table in simmering broth by the diners.
There will be 2 appetizers: Nanban-zuke, fried fish pickled in rice vinegar with carrot, onion and chili; and Koya Tofu, a special kind of freeze-dried tofu cooked with dashi with a very unique texture.
Shinji’s sukiyaki features thinly sliced beef, enoki & shiitake mushrooms, nappa cabbage, tofu, green onion, carrot, and thick, chewy udon noodles cooked in a lightly sweet soy-based stock.
For dessert, there will be a special Yogurt cake, served with kiwi sauce – this is the cake that Shinji’s mom used to make him for his birthday!
Guests are encouraged to bring a bottle of their favourite sake to enjoy with the meal.
Shinji Yamaguchi the chef and owner of Gushi Foods. As a young entrepreneur he turned his passion for culinary arts and hospitality by starting Gushi, Toronto’s purveyor ofauthentic Japanese street food experience. Through Gushi, Shinji is responsible for popularizing karrage (Japanese style fried chicken), introducing Kushi- Katsu (panko skewered meat or veggies), and most recently, home-style Japanese hotpot or nabé.
With his innovative approach, emphasis and quality and service, Shinji provides unique and delicious meals for his patrons which has gained popularity and recognition as Best Street Food in Toronto by Now Magazine, and Best Fried Chicken in BlogTo.
In his fifth year in Toronto, Shinji has made a loyal following by sticking to his “omotenashi” roots or the spirit of Japanese hospitality and service. Through this he is able to consistently provide quality service, introduce new and delicious foods, and provide an extraordinary experience for his patrons.