Cover Photo : MorimotoFest Sounds A Little Like Last Year's 12 Beers of Christmas at Morimoto Asia
Hey, there's tacos! BBQ Pork and Kalbi Tacos were on-hand (kind of a pun), at Morimoto Asia'a 12 Beers of Christmas.
The BBQ Pork and Kalbi Tacos disappeared about as quickly as they were being made!
Look at those gorgeous shrimp! Actually, these were behind glass for the servers to plate in smaller bamboo cones. Those cones were then placed in an area where guests could grab one (or two).
This is how the shrimp cocktail was presented to guests at the 12 Beers of Christmas event. One of the many items available at the open sushi bar.
The Morimoto Spare Ribs are on the "everyday" menu at Morimoto Asia, and so it was cool to find them here as well. They are dipped in a sweet hoisin chili sauce and the meat was fall off the bone tender.
The Morimoto Asia Spare Ribs were paired with Rogue's Soba Ale. (The little glass was yours to use, and then keep, after the event.)
Various forms of sushi were available at the open sushi station. This is the Nigiri and Maki plate, although it looks like just Maki at the moment.
Bowls of Duck Ramen were available.
The Duck Ramen bowls were really good!
There was a Gyoza and Dimsum station, along with optional sauces. These were really great as well, but the plate was a little large for the food.
There we go... you just need to put lots of Gyoza and Dimsum on those plates to make them look full! The little dumplings were filled with chicken, shrimp, and pork... with traditional dimsum and chili sauces available.
The Takoyaki Fritters are also available (sometimes) on the Morimoto Street Food menu.
A Takoyaki Fritter is (more or less) a savory pancake filled cooked octopus. They're actually really good to eat... but even more fun to watch being made.
The Yakitori grilling station was located outside on the Morimoto Asia second level patio.
Grilled chicken skewers at the Yakitori station. There were several items available here, including Momo, Tsukune, Teba, and Shishito from the grill.
The generous portion of Yakisoba was delicious. It's a familiar combo of pork, cabbage, soba noodles, and okonomi sauce.
Chef Morimoto was at the event, taking photos with his own Morimoto Imperial Pilsner which is brewed by Rogue Ales in Newport, Oregon. Very cool bottle too!
Chef Morimoto spent an ample amount of time posing for photos and talking with guests at the 2018 event.
Here, Iron Chef Morimoto... ponders autographing a license plate. I'm sure if I had not been sampling so much beer, I would remember why Iron Chef Morimoto was autographing license plates. We'll never know.
The ladies from Crooked Can brought the brewer's "Black Frost Schwarzbier" to the event.
There were also some cool little Crooked Can buttons!
The guys from Hourglass Brewing are fans of sour and wild ales, and have released their own take on those styles under the name "Sourglass Brewing"... one such beer was at the 2018 event.
Three Daughters Brewing was pouring their WinterWeizen, a German-style specialty wheat beer that's only available during the month of December.
Not all beer comes in a can or typical 12 oz bottle, more and more, specialty brewers are getting creative with their bottling.
Hello mini churros! Yep, they were as good as they looked, and paired well with the Espresso Porter from Motorworks Brewing.
These are "Mini Yuzu Pies" with a blackberry. They were really great, and really mini.
There were two kinds of cream cups available, yuzu and chocolate cream. So many cups!
These were probably the Yuzo Cream Cups... but they might be the Chocolate Cream Cups... but then again they could be the Yuzo Cream Cups. You know, if the Chocolate Cream Cups had been brown, I wouldn't be having such a hard time figuring this out.
Here's both of the Cream Cups, plus a beer!
A closer look a the Mini Yuzu Pie.
Mmmmmm... warm, crisp, cinnamon churros.
Little tiny edible flower petals were in each cup along with a gold foiled baked meringue cookie.
The room was pretty full. For the first half of the event, I really just kind of walked around from station to station. For the second half of the event, a few tables started opening up, as guests were leaving.
The second floor outside patio is where the Yakitori Grilling station was located (along with a few extra seats).
This was the line for the Duck Ramen!
The sushi station on the second floor was offering several kinds of sushi and cocktail shrimp.
These are Okonomiyaki being made at the Okonomiyaki station. (Okonomiyaki are savory seafood pancakes.)
The Okonomiyaki station at Morimoto Asia's "12 Beers of Christmas" event.
Another look at the Okonomiyaki making station. (Okonomiyaki are savory seafood pancakes.)
Most of the food items were being made on-stage at the "12 Beers of Christmas" event.
Shhhhh... the duck is taking a nap.
Peking Duck is one of Morimoto Asia's specialties.
The Yakisoba Station was located on the ground floor patio.
Yakisoba is a combination of pork belly, cabbage, and okonomi sauce with soba noodles.
Mmmmm... Soba anything is great when it's fresh made!
The Yakitori station was longer than most, because there were quite a few items being prepared at this one. It was located on the second floor patio area.
Morimoto Asia team members at the Yakitori Grilling Station.
The talented team at the Takoyaki Fritters station.
It's the Taco Team!!!