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« Ankimo » is the liver of the Frogfish (« anko »), a fish that can be found in most the Northern Hemisphere and elsewhere. Not a nicelooking fish, it is nonetheless appreciated almost everywhere.
The Japanese love it in « nabe » (Japanese-style fish pot au feu), while the French either introduce it in Bouillabaisse, or even better, baked rooled inside prime bacon.

The liver is much appreciated in some countries, especially France and Scandinavia.
In Japan they steam it in sake to make « ankimo », which I usually introduce to neophytes as « Japanese fish foie gras »!

Pic taken at Yumeshin, Shizuoka City.
I asked for it served (it is a cold appetizer) as it is as « tsumami » (hors d’oeuvre) with « ponzu shoyu », finely chopped thin leeks and a dash of « Momiji-oroshi » (grated daikon and chili pepper) on a shiso leaf.
It is also great in small pieces on a gunkan topped with the same as above!

I will explain the preparation in my next posting!

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