Hiller's to Showcase Japanese Foods, Products During Daylong Fair

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Hiller's to Showcase Japanese Foods, Products During Daylong Fair

02/25/2009
Hiller's Markets will give Michiganders the opportunity to learn authentic Japanese cooking, courtesy of the independent grocer chain's Japanese foods buyer, Kyoko Watanabe, at a daylong Japanese Food Fair.

The event is set to take place March 7 at Hiller's Commerce Township store at 14 Mile and Haggerty Roads, the home of the Southfield, Mich.-based grocer's largest selection of Japanese foods. Watanabe, who learned to cook by watching her mother prepare sensory-rich dishes, and other chefs will prepare favorite dishes and offer shoppers samples, instructions and cooking advice.

Japanese cuisine focuses on staple foods like rice or noodles, soup and okazu -- dishes made from fish, meat, vegetables or tofu. Because Japan is an island nation, seafood appears on family tables frequently. Hiller's is renowned for its fresh, high-quality seafood, including squid, octopus, eel and shellfish as well as sashimi-grade fish.

Specialty flavorings like dashi, miso and soy sauce are sold among Hiller's Asian foods selection. Presentation and process are important parts of a Japanese meal, as Watanabe and the other chefs will demonstrate.

"If I don't eat high-quality sushi with a plate full of vegetables at least once or twice a week, I feel like I'm missing something," says Hiller's CEO Jim Hiller. "Health is a huge part of Japanese food habits -- the cuisine is delicious and unique, and the Japanese are highly aware of the good effects on health from eating one food over another. That awareness is enviable."