Renowned in Hakata, Kyushu for serving an all-chicken menu and Mizutaki – a specialty chicken broth hot pot – Hanamidori welcomes diners to its Plaza Singapura restaurant on May 25, 2015. The Singapore restaurant joins 28 restaurants in Japan and two other restaurants in Taipei and Dalian in showcasing the native taste of Hakata. Mizutaki Having originated in Hakata during the Keio era (1865 – 1868), Mizutaki was initially served in the Ryotei (a traditional, luxuriously appointed restaurant) as a simple hot pot. In response to Goryon-san (landladies from the merchant families) wishing to provide more nourishing and tasty meals for their families, tofu and vegetables were added to make a heartier dish. At Hanamidori, fresh chicken is featured on the menu.
Central to the dining experience is the broth, which is light in taste yet deeply flavourful. Diners may wish to enrich the flavour by adding Mataichi salt (natural sea salt) from Kyushu. The flavour of the chicken is more fully appreciated when complemented by Ponzu (vinegar dip), while Yuzu Kosho (green chilli pepper) gives it a spicy kick.