Thursday, September 17, 2009

Shochu- the new love in my life.



Last night, my husband went to a japanese restaurant, Gonpachi in Beverly Hills (other locations include Tokyo and Fukuoka.)  I had my first experience with shochu (pronounced "show chu"), which means "fiery liquor" in Japanese. It's a clear distilled beverage made from a variety of starches and grains such as barley, buckwheat, rice, potato and sweet potato. Shochu is often compared to vodka, yet has a much lower alcohol content, approximately 25%, yet is stronger than wine or saki. In fact shochu now outsells saki. It is extremely versatile and can be enjoyed neat, on the rocks, mixed with a variety of things inlcuding hot or cold water.  I even tried mine with diet coke...awesome!




Best of all, shochu is LOW IN CALORIES- about 35 calories in 2 oz.  Japanese medical researchers have found that shochu can be effective in preventing thrombosis and activates enzymes that inhibit the growth of blood clots and prevents strokes and heart attacks.  It also leaves you with little or no hangover.

Shigechiyo Izumi, who once held the Guiness Book of World's Records for the oldest living person at 120 years old, was said to have made drinking shochu part of his daily routine.

Here's the problem...they are so good I had 4!


Here's how my day went yesterday:


Breakfast: Egg beaters (1) omelet with broccoli and 1/4 cup lowfat mozzarella cheese (2)
2 cups of OJ (2)
Coffee (1)
Total:  6
Lunch:  Whole Wheat burrito (1) with halibut (3), broccoli, 1/8 cup brown rice (1), 1/8 cup lowfat mozzarella cheese (2), 1 tbsp. fat free sour cream (1), 2 tbsp. salsa
Seltzer water
Total:  8


Dinner at Gonpachi:
I shared:
edamame
ebi shingo-crispy shrimp dumping with chili sauce
hamachi (yellowtail) - 1 piece.
Caterpillar roll - Eel and cucumber topped with avocado
Red Dragon roll- shrimp tempura, tuna, asparagus, avocado, 3 types of caviar
Scallop Sumi-yaki
Chilean sea bass Sumi-yaki
Albacore tataki
About 17 points?


Here's the issue with sushi.  I lose count of my Weight Watchers points.  It's a guilty pleasure, I allow myself to enjoy stress free.

36 comments:

Gloria said...

oooooh, I know where my husband is taking me next time he needs to make up for all the long hours at work he puts in.....and my mommy shift turns into a VERY LONG DAY!!!

haamonii said...

hi kmac! great that you have tried and love shochu! we love shochu as well. in fact, we're a husband and wife company that has created our very own shochu that is served at gonpachis. it's called haamonii smooth shochu. we hope that you had a chance to try it... and if you did... we'd love your feedback good or bad. we always look fwd to getting feedback in order to constantly improve. also, we have tastings in LA and would love to invite you and your husband to our next one if you may be interested. if you are, feel free to email me directly at share@haamoniismooth.com.

kampai!

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