For Wes Anderson’s new stop-motion film, "Isle of Dogs" — get ready for a flurry of furry puns — Alamo Drafthouse is treating customers to a special menu of "Japanese-inspired" food at its theaters for a limited time.
The chef behind the menu, Brad Sorenson, said he wanted to take Japanese flavors and weave them into Drafthouse’s favorite foods, from cookies to popcorn, according to a news release on the theater’s website. (Menu, items and prices vary by theater.)
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The togarashi popcorn is dusted with a popular Japanese red chili and spice mix, for a colorful snack popping with flavor. Togarashi spice mix often varies in spices, but its base is chili powder, usually coupled with seasame seeds, black pepper and orange peel.
Togarashi is also used in the menu’s chicken yakitori, one canine character’s favorite in "Isle of Dogs," Sorenson said in the news release. Chicken and smoked sausage are marinated in togarashi, soy sauce and honey, before being skewered and roasted.
For lighter fare, there’s the roasted vegetable soba noodle bowl. It features soba, thin, buckwheat noodles that are a Japanese staple and served cold with sauce or hot in broth for soup. The noodles in this bowl are marinated and served cold with soft tofu and crunchy vegetables such as radishes, cucumbers and carrots piled on top, paying homage to bright Japanese flavors, according to Drafthouse. Also, it’s vegan friendly.
The film’s sweet sentimentality about man’s best friend can be paired with sweet chocolate chip cookies with a matcha and ginger twist. Matcha green tea powder is made from ground green tea leaves, making it more robust than brewed green tea. The powder is infused in Drafthouse’s matcha tea and ginger cookies to offset the sweetness of candied ginger, Sorenson said in the news release. The cookies are served Alamo(de), topped with vanilla ice cream.
Kids and adults alike can also indulge in the sweet and salty "Trash Island Shake." It doesn’t toss out many ingredients, featuring a mixed bag of chocolate chip cookies, caramel, Oreos, Cocoa Puffs, peanuts and popcorn. For the adults, the matcha highball mixes whiskey, crisp lemon and soda and savory green tea, sprinkled with black seasame seeds. Finally, the Isle of Salty Dogs (probably the best pun on the menu) blends classic citrus, salt and gin with a kick of, you’d probably guess, togarashi spice.
Also on the cocktail front: The Cure isn’t named after the ‘80s band, but for a "special serum" meant to fight off the dog flu epidemic featured in the movie. This bright blue shot of gin, blue curaçao, Lillet Blanc, lemon and absinthe is delivered in an Erlenmeyer flask you can take home while supplies last, according to Drafthouse.
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