These are three appetizers or “Otoshi” お通し I served one evening. It is always nice to start a meal with multiple small appetizer dishes but sometimes coming up with them can be a lot of work. Of course I could make things up ahead of time but somehow things don’t seem to work out that way.
The left most is shira-ae 白和え of green asparagus tips and “Fuyu” persimmon 富有柿.
I also served deep fried tofu pouch, grilled. I tried to make it cheese filled or “Kitsune” Raclette but I did not have Raclette cheese and used a combination of cheddar and gruyere cheese which melted and ran out during the cooking process. So this became faintly cheese flavored grilled abura-age.
None of these dishes are new but it is really enjoyable to sip sake and taste these different flavors.