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For centuries, families have honoured their young women by putting the dolls known as Hina on display and the girls hold partiess with their friends at which traditional foods such as sweet and savoury rice crackers and multicoloured rice cakes are eaten.
In Thailand, the festival is celebrated from today until March 24 with the Gozen lunch platters that include three-coloured sesame tofu, shrimp and broad beans with yuzu miso, and delicious Hina sushi, which comprises vinegar rice topped with conger eel, shrimp, lotus root, broad bean, carrot, shrimp oboro, shiitake mushroom, dried gourd shavings, egg omelet, and salmon roe.
The Kaiseki dinner boasts Hina sushi plus other courses such as a simmered dish of bamboo shoot, eggplant, spring herring and udo of mountain vegetable; and a grilled dish of Spanish mackerel and Wagyu garnished with yuzu miso dressing. The meal is rounded off with traditional rice cakes filled with sweet bean paste and wrapped in a pickled cherry leaf.
Prices are Bt1,400-plus for the Gozen lunch and Bt4,700-plus for the Kaiseki dinner.
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