Sushi can be divided into five different categories. They are shiromi-dane (white meat), akami-dane (red meat), hikari-mono (shiny skin), ni-mono (braised) and hokano-mono which is all the other stuff like squid, crabs, uni and our topic for today, kai 貝 (shellfish).
It is great to see the Japanese food scene in Singapore progressing towards more authentic and regional foods. No longer is Japanese food just about having all the familiar sushi, sashimi, tempura, tonkatsu under one roof, the Japanese restaurants here are moving towards more specialization, offering an increasingly authentic Japanese culinary experience.
Located at the Northernmost part of Japan’s main island of Honshu, Aomori is surrounded by water on three sides and is famous for a wide variety of seafood. Aomori City used to be the port city where you catch a ferry across to Hokkaido. That was before the opening of the Seikan Undersea Railway Tunnel which […]
Not only is the food authentic, they bring in the best seafood from the different prefectures in Japan every month. So, you get to literally travel all over Japan to taste the speciality seafood from each region!
Kanda Wadatsumi: Sea Squirts, Bering Sea Cockles and Coho Salmon
Sea Squirt, Ascidian, Sea Pineapple Halocynthia roretzi Japanese: Hoya This post is for the hardcore gastrogeeks. What is a gastrogeek, I hear you ask? Well, over the years I have been trying to find a term to describe myself as a person who loves to eat, shoot and post stories about food. The press usually refer […]
Tsukiji Market: What you need to know about Maguro (Tuna)
Unlike Shiromi-dane (white flesh fish) which include fish like Tai (Sea Bream), Hirame (Olive Flounder) and Kanpachi (Amberjack), there is essentially only one fish that qualifies as Akami-dane and that is Tuna.
Tai (Sea Bream) Tai is considered one of the most exquisite of the Shiromi dane. Among the more than 200 species of Tai but there is only one which is considered special and that is the Madai. The Japanese use the prefix “Ma” 真 which means “true” to mean the proper fish to use for […]
Shime Nama Saba The FishSaba is a favourite fish amongst the Japanese. It is served in sushi, grilled, stewed and even canned. Like Sardine, it is a plentiful fish that is found in the waters of Japan. It is a fish that is rich in oils and very flavourful. However, this oiliness is also its […]
Kohada If you are a Sushi newbie and have been aversed to fishy fish, then Hikarimono would probably be the last type of sushi you should try. Hikarimono literally means “Shiny things” in Japanese and refers to small pelagic fish which live in the water column near the surface of the ocean. They often swim […]
Sushi Files: Shiromi Dane: Hamachi, Kanpachi and Shima Aji
Shiromi dane (White Flesh Fish topping for Nigiri Sushi) In my own Sushi journey, I have progressed from being dragged to eat Sushi by my wife to being able to enjoy cooked Sushi at the Sushi belt, to really appreciating Sushi at the Sushi Bar. The attraction of Sushi for me is a bit different […]