Category: Kamaboko

Suzuhiro, celebrating Japan`s culinary traditions

Handred is a website/ celebrating the tradition and art of Japanese handmade goods. On the website soy sauce, miso, sake, vinegar, and Suzuhiro Kamaboko are featured.

Sake, soy sauce, vinegar, mirin, kamaboko, and tea.“HANDRED” is a group formed by six craftsmen of these traditional Japanese foods.

The name “HANDRED” is derived from the fact that these foods are:
Made by the HANDS of skilled craftsmen To preserve Japanese taste and tradition that is vanishing (RED)
With the intent to pass them down to future generations of the next HUNDRED years.

Delicate handmade taste which cannot be achieved through mass production and handed down for generations since as early as Edo period; High skills, depth and potential that permeates Japanese food culture; These are the things we strive to increase awareness of and spread to the world and to the future through various activities.

Elennagosso Buffet Restaurant

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Elenagosso is a buffet restaurant serving local and fresh food from the Odawara area. The farm to table concept is on display in the fresh and eclectic choices. The options for lunch are plentiful and give you a chance to explore the tastes of the area. Menus change everyday, reflecting the season and freshness of the foods. You have to ability to taste and enjoy different Kamaboko, eat fresh vegetables, taste fresh tempura, and more.

Elennagosso is open on the weekdays from 11:00-2:45 and 3:00-5:00pm. Adults are ¥1,900 and children are ¥950 for lunch. From 3:00 -5:00 sweets and light meals are served for ¥1,300 and ¥650.

On the weekends you can enjoy the buffet from 9:30-5:00pm Adults are ¥1,500 and children ¥750 for the weekend brunch (9:30-11:00) and ¥2200 for adults and ¥1,100 for children at lunch times(11:00-5:00).

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The buffet style restaurant features fresh vegetables and a colorful assortment of fruit and desserts. There is a kitchen area that prepares an assortment of meat for you as well. Chicken, beef, and seafood are served and change to reflect the season and freshness of available products.

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The popular Odawara restaurant is a great opportunity to taste and enjoy the different types of Kamaboko that Suzuhiro produces. The good food can also be paired with the local Odawara craft beer, Hakone Beer, which is made right next door!

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The wonderful assortment of dishes gives you a chance to try different foods, styles, and products. This child friendly restaurant is great for everyone and offers diners wonderful options to taste and discover the flavors of Odawara, Hakone, and Suzuhiro.

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If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to contact us at anytime.

Odawara and Kamaboko

Odawara is a beautiful city located between the calm bountiful shores of Sagami Bay and the mountains of Hakone. Sagami bay opens up into the Pacific Ocean and has been a resource providing Odawara with a wonderful and eclectic selection of fish.

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Fish is the essential part of making kamaboko, but what sets the area apart from other places in Japan is the proximity to the mineral rich spring water filtered through the Hakone mountains. These two factors lead to exceptionally tasting and textured kamaboko.

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Odawara is also an important stop on the famed Tokaido Road leading from the imperial and cultural capitol of Kyoto and the commercial and political capitol of Tokyo. Travelers along this road have enjoyed Odawara and Suzuhiro products for generations. We invite you to experience the same.

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Experience the Making of Kamaboko

A visit to the Suzuhiro Kamaboko Village in Odawara will give you an opportunity to try your skills and hands at making this artful culinary treat. There are certified “Kamaboko Master” who have trained for years to make the perfect shape and texture of our Kamaboko. The “Kamaboko Masters”  will take part in the Kamaboko making class and show you the technique and beauty to making a perfect Kamaboko.

340_152There are classes held everyday of the week and consist of making a Kamaboko on a small wood pallet and a Chikuwa on a bamboo stick. However only the Chikuwa making is available on Wednesdays because of the Kamaboko making schedule.

kamaboko odawara chikuwaThere is no reservation needed, but classes often fill up quickly on the weekends, Saturday and Sunday, and it is a good idea to reserve a space ahead of time through the internet reservation platform or a call to the Kamaboko Museum. A walk in is also possible if there are open spaces. The classes often last about and hour and a half and will be hands on. The tools and instructions will be provided. The skill level required is very low and is suitable for children to enjoy as well.

experienceWe start by having you wear an apron and hair net to ensure cleanliness and have you wash your hand thoroughly. The area you will be making your Kamaboko and Chikuwa will be designated ahead of time when you reserve a space in the experience. Walk up to the table and start your experience.

4 kneadingThe classes will be guided by trained staff and the explanation is well done using a projector and proximity to the staff. Enjoy your time and have fun comparing your creation with the professional`s.

kamaphoto02-3After you make your Kamaboko and Chikuwa the Suzuhiro staff will cook them for you. The Kamaboko will be steamed and require about an hour to be picked up after your class finishes. The Chikuwa will be grilled and take less then 20 minutes until you can enjoy your delicious creation. Have fun and enrich your visit to Japan by making a wonderful traditional Japanese food!