Menu of the first state dinner in Tokyo, 1871

The Meiji emperor went through a lot of re-training in order to become a modern monarch. One key ritual of statecraft was the banquet dinner. Here is the menu for one of the first state dinner parties, a banquet that took place in 1871 at the Tsukiji Hotel, aka the Yedo Hotel. Until 1890, this resto had the  reputation for the best “western” food in the capitol.

Potage [soup]

Puree de crevettes à la Bisque

Relevé

Bouchées saumon à la Genevoise

Hors d’oeuvre [appetizers, starters]

Bouchées à la Béchamel

Entrées [first course]

Roast-beef au madère

Tendrons de chevreuil à la Poivrade

Canetons de volaille au Sûpreme

Légumes [veggies]

Petits pois à l’Anglaise

Celéri au Jus

Rotis [meat course]

Pâté de gibier Truffé

Gallantine en belle vue

Gigon de mouton Rôti

Chapous truffé

Entremets

Pudding à la Diplomate

Macédoine de fruit[s] au kirsch

Nougat monté

Dessert[s] assorti[s]

Source: Katarzyna J. Cwiertka, Modern Japanese Cuisine: Food, Power and National Identity, pp. 13-14.

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