I have never been to Japan, moreover, I have never attended the much anticipated Sakura Festival. I did watch every episode of Sakura the Cardcaptor when I was younger though, does that count? I’m kidding, I know it’s completely unrelated, heh heh.
Joking aside, I really do want to witness the said festival. Probably 40% of the people I know online go to Japan just to see the pretty pink Sakura flowers and their photos flood through my timeline the same time the flowers gracefully fall from the branches.
Until I get the opportunity to actually go to the Sakura Festival, here in my beloved motherland I can get the next best thing inspired by the very inspiring phenomenon. Something that pleases my eyes and my tummy :P
For this season, Tokyo Tokyo upgrades their already awesome bento meal for two. Inspired by the Japanese people’s tradition of sharing a delicious picnic with their loved ones as they welcome Spring, with Japanese festival food staples such as grilled or fried meat, fish and vegetables, and colorful sweets lining the picnic baskets.
The Sakura Sumo Meal is a hefty meal perfect for sharing. It contains favorite Japanese dishes and new pink-colored treats that remind me strongly of the festival’s pink & cheery vibe. An order of the Sakura Sumo Meal is composed of three pieces fried Chicken Karaage, Beef Misono, two pieces Prawn Tempura, Vegetable Tempura, Vegetable Misono, Yakisoba, and two bowls of steaming hot rice. Aside from these (read: my) favorites, the Sumo Meal also comes with two pieces chewy Sakura Mochi Balls, a roll of pink-colored glutinous rice cake with delectable peanut butter filling; and two glasses of Sakura Lychee Fizz, a combination of Sprite and Sakura syrup with soft and flavorful nata strips.
For those who are strong-tummied, fret not because you still have more Sakura-inspired eats. You may opt to upgrade your Sumo Meal and add Sakura Lychee Jelly, a lychee-flavored dessert with fresh fruit bits and topped with cream cheese foam; or Sakura Potato Salad, a yummy concoction of potato cubes, kani strips, and beets on a bed of lettuce with Japanese mayo dressing.
My personal favorite in this new set is the pink drink! Not only does it taste really great and refreshing, but it’s this super perfect shade of pink <3 However really, I love everything in this bento meal, from the Karaage, to the Beef Misono, to the Prawn Tempura, to the cute candy colored mochi balls, deserts, and side dish. I could really eat this meal by myself especially on days I forget to eat breakfast. This time around, I had to share it with my brothers though (bummer… kidding).
This good-for-two meal is available for only PhP 379. However, like the Cherry Blossom Festival, and like all good things (unfortunately) this meal won’t be around forever and can be enjoyed for a limited time only. How about tagging a friend in Tokyo Tokyo’s Instagram and Facebook (@tokyotokyophilippines) or Twitter? (@TokyoTokyoPHL). Off to the nearest Tokyo Tokyo restaurant, yes??