Sushi Ko Sashimi Set


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We had this Sashimi Set (actually we had two as we were six of us!) at Sushi Ko Restaurant in Shizuoka last night, one of my top three favourite Sushi Restaurants in Shizuoka Prefecture.
Of course we had quite a few other morsels, but this should give a good idea of waht to expect in a good Sushi restaurant in our dear Prefecture!
Incidentally, all prices are clearly stated on wooden slats on the walls!
Top to bottom, left to right:
Hotate/Clams, Buri/Yellowtail, kanpachi/Amberjack, Tachiuo/Scabbard Fish, Akamai/Lean Tuna.
Sake/Salmon, Katsuo, Bonito, Aji/Saurel-Horse mackerel, House-made Zaru Dofu/Tofu.

Sushi Ko
Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Ryogae Cho, 2-3-1 (Aoba Koen)
Tel.: 054-2512898
Business hours: 17:00~25:00. 17:00~23:00 on Sundays
Closed on Wednesdays
Reservations advised
Credit Cards OK

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Sashimi Set: Cuttlefish/Ika


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Not a great picture, I must admit. But I was in hurry and had no time to arrange it on a plate before my wife jumped on it!
This is a Sashimi Set I bought at Parche Supermarket inside Shizuoka JR Station yesterday evening for less than 10 US$.
There was enough for 2~4 people. It includes all the edible parts of one “yari-ika”:
From top to bottom, left to right:
Tail “fins” slightly boiled, slightly grilled main body “cone”, main body “cone” raw.
Cuttlefish strips rolled with seaweed raw, “ika somen”/ main body cone cut in long thin strips raw, tentacles/”geso” raw.

Suehiro-Hamanako no Megumi Sushi Restaurant


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No this is not the day’s laundry, but the skins of the fugu/globefish that had just been dressed yesterday by Ms. Yokota at Suehiro-Hamanako no Megumi Sushi Restaurant in Hamamatsu City!
The fish were caught in Hamano Lake in the morning, so one could not expect anything fresher!
Ms. Yokota has the government license to cut and dress fugu, and since I’m still alive this morning, I suppose it is the proof she is very proficient at her art!
Contrary to what many people think, she explained that it is not only the female fish ovaries that contain mortal poison but also the male fish liver. There are over 100 varieties of fugu/globefish in Japan and almost all of them are poisonous, so beware!
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Incidentally the skin of the fish is edible and is usually served in thin stripes either raw with grated daikon or grilled on a stick.
But I had come mainly for the nigiri I had ordered over internet, served with thin leeks strips between the shari (rice) and neta (topping) with a little momiji oroshi/grated daikon with chili pepper. Bliss!
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People tend to forget that fugu makes for a great treat deep-fried or as tempura. Just eat them with your fingers and suck on the bones!
Simply extravagant morsels with sake!
Suehiro-Hamanako no Megumi is becoming a favourite place of mine. Pity it is so far from Shizuoka City!
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Well, I had not come for the globe fish only, although an all-fugu menu is available.
Ms. Yokota also prepares some great Japanes Foie Gras/Frog Fish Liver/Ankimo, and I had also ordered beforehand.
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It came with an interesting variation as the chef, after having steamed it in sake in the traditional way, further simmers it in mirin, soy sauce and what else. The latter should be even easier to eat for expats!
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Being in Hamamatsu City and near Hamana Lake, I had to taste the local Anago/Conger Eel sushi: so sweet and melting!

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Ms. Yokoto knowing I was coming made sure I could choose from Shizuoka Prefecture sake.
She certainly did not disappoint me:
Garyubai by Sanwa Brewery, Shimizu Ku, Shizuoka City.
Kaiun by Doi Brewery in Kakegawa City.
Den-Ichiro by Kokkou Brewery in Fukuroi City.
Jizake Kobo by Morimoto Brewery In Kikugawa City.
I chose the latter, a hearty shiboritate genshu with a strong alcohol content. Perfect with grea sushi!

SUEHIRO-HAMANAKO NO MEGUMII AJI
Hamamatsu City, Naka Ku, suyama Cho, 360-6
Tel.: 053-452-6288
Business Hours: 11:30-13:30&17:00-22:00
Closed on every Wednesday and second Tuesday

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Baird Beer & Taproom Events Bulletin 2008 #2
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Topic: Seasonal Release — Ganko Oyaji Barley Wine 2008

Dear Taproom Friend & Baird Beer Enthusiast:

Winter is a time of hibernation for many species. The Barley Wine style of beer is not one of these. Winter is the season that this big bear of the beer world comes out to play. Baird Ganko Oyaji (“Stubborn Ol’ Man) Barley Wine 2008 is being released from his cellar cave today. Beware!

*Ganko Oyaji Barley Wine 2008 (ABV 9%):

Brewed in May 2007 and packaged the following month, Ganko Oyaji Barley Wine 2008 has enjoyed ample time for maturation and flavor evolution. The depth and complexity derived from this long period of conditioning is further augmented by a grist bill dominated by rich English Maris Otter pale ale and caramel malt varieties as well as a hop schedule that combines the strength of American varieties (Simcoe and Nugget) with the nuanced subtlety of English ones (Fuggle and East Kent Golding). At packaging, Ganko Oyaji was kraeusened with Amber Ale wort which promoted a superb secondary
fermentation and vibrant natural carbonation.

Ganko Oyaji is now on tap at Baird Beer’s Fishmarket Taproom in Numazu and will be available at select Baird Beer retailers in Japan beginning Friday, January 25.

Please mark your calendar for a special upcoming beer event to be hosted at the Fishmarket Taproom: Baird Big Beer Winter Week 2008 (Wednesday, February 13 through Monday, February 18). This week long event will allow us to focus the spotlight on the wonderful world of strong ales and lagers and highlight the affinity they share with fine food. Every strong ale and lager brewed by Baird Beer over the past year will be served during this strong beer bonanza. A unique menu of specialty cuisine to match these strong libations will also be featured. Precise details regarding the beers and the food will be provided in the next bulletin.

Cheers!
Bryan Baird

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Home-style Donburi


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You do not have to go to a Japanese restaurant or sushi bar to eat “donburi” if you happen to have a wife who not only likes them but can also concoct them!
In short, my better (worse?) half came up with following for lunch:

Plain steamed rice topped with slices of “akami”/ lean tuna part, avocado salad with mayonnaise and wasabi pickles (the latter provided a nice balance with a spicy touch), boiled sirasu/whitebait sprinkled with “hijiki” seaweed and “tobikko”/flying fish roe.
The tobikko added a nice colour finish touh. It is quite cheap down here in Shizuoka City. From I saw on Chuckeats Blog, it seems quite a treat over there in the U.S.!
I poured a little Shizuoka-made wasabi dressing on top. This dressing is a lot milder than pure grated wasabi with a little sweetness which combines well with the fish!

Sushi for Vegetarians & Vegans (2)


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Here are other very typical examples of sushi fit for Vegetarians and even vegans!
So next time you are planning to eat sushi, come armed with your knowledge and tease your favourite sushi chef with it!

Top picture:
From right to left, top to bottom:
Yuuba (tofu sheets), Takenoko (bamboo shoot), Myoga (ginger sprout), Gobo (burdock roots)
Ki no mi (leaf vegetable variety), Awafu (cooked tofu), Kamo Nasu (pickled eggplant/aubergine variety), Hakusai Maki (Chinese cabbage roll)

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From top to bottom:
Sugiku no Ha Maki ((pickled chrysanthemum plant roll), Kabu Tsukemono (pickled turnip), Takenoko (bamboo shoot)

Today’s Bento/Lunch Box (3)


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When I talked about today’s bento/lunch box with my better (worse?) half last night I “ordered” plenty of vegetables to help me recuperate from the usual heavy toll my body takes on week-ends.
Here what she came up with:
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Three “nigiri” rice balls, left with “hijiki” seaweed and amatare/sweet sauce, centre with “umeboshi”/salted Japanese plum and right, with “hujiki” seaweed and sesame seeds.
A piece of processed cheese, French pickles and homemade Japanese pickles.
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Boiled brocoli, cauliflower and Brussels sprouts, white sausage from Fukuroi City and chorizo sausages. Dressing came apart.
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Boiled eggs mimosa-style on a two-tiered vegetable bed of beans and small greens, boiled mini asparaguses and cherry tomatoes. Dressing served apart.
A few biscuits for dessert to go with coffee. Et voila!