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On Feb 5, sake, shochu and seafood importer Mead Asia will be celebrating its Bangkok launch with a special sake-pairing dinner at the Peninsula hotel’s Mei Jiang restaurant.

The event will be hosted by the 47th generation owner and toji of Yasumoto Shuzo, Takeshi Yasumoto, who produces sake under the renowned label, Hakugakusen. Diners will get to sample sake produced in Fukui, Japan, where they use water that takes a century to melt off the snow-capped Hakusan Mountains before reaching the subterranean springs 100 meters below ground.

Varieties on offer will include Hakugakusen Junmai Daijingo, Hakugakusen Wine Cell and—the highlight—Hakugakusen Mizunara, sake that is aged in the oak casks traditionally used to age Japanese whiskey.

Starting with a sake-based welcome cocktail, the dinner will run six-courses of Cantonese cuisine prepared by executive chef Ball Yau, paired with five different sakes. It is priced at B4,888 per person.

7pm. Mei Jiang, The Peninsula Bangkok, 333 Charoen Nakhon Rd., 02-020-2888 ext. 6941