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sake, shochu and sushi
Last Thursday, as I had to atone for some somewhat egoistical pleasure-seeking, I took the Missus to our favourite Sushi Restaurant in Shizuoka City, namely Sushi Ko,located along Aoba Park.
Although we did order the inevitable favourites, “katsuo/bonito” sashimi, “Shirako to Ankimo/Combination of Cod Sperm sacs and Frogfish/Monkfish liver”, “Pon Kara Maguro/Deep-fried tuna cubes”, “Shishamo/Spirinchus lanceolatus”, “Hotate/Scallops”, “Maguro Zuke/Marinated Tuna sushi”, and “Amaebi nigiri to Shiraebi Gunkan/Sweet shrimp and white shrimp sushi”, the star of the day was “Kawahagi/Filefish”!
The chef took a splendid live specimen (see top pic) just caught off Mochimune coast in Shizuoka City out of the “aquarium” and proceeded to serve the complete fish in three different manners:
After having taken away the inedible skin, the chef first cut the fillets into very thin slices to be served with thin leeks and dip sauce made of ponzu mixed with the fresh liver of the same fish. As now is the best season, those comparatively thin fish come up with enormous livers!
The chef managed to keep four slices aside to prepare nigiri with the fish flesh topped with a piece of its liver, some “momiji oroshi/grated daikon with chili pepper” and seasoned with ponzu!
The “cheeks bones” with their meat were last deep-fried and served as they are with some lemon. Simple and great!
All this with one single fish!
shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Ryogae-cho. 2-3-1 (Aoba Koen)
Business Hours： 17:00~25:00. 17:00~23:00 （Sundays）
Closed on Wednesdays
Credit cards OK
4 thoughts on “Shizuoka Sushi Restaurant: Sushi Ko (revisited)”
It was caught by a local fisherman!
These fish are very difficult to angle!
Do you know if the filefish was caught privately or by a commercial fishing boat?
Just checked the State Swimmer!
You will have to check whether caught fishes are edible or not as filefishes come under many guises. If the locals eat them I’m pretty sure you can eat them raw!
Interesting post on the kawahagi. I had to look it up on wikipedia and learned that this specimen has filefish subspecies in Hawaii called ‘o’ili lepa, among others. To my surprise this fish is related to the state swimmer Humuhumunukunukuapapa’a!!! (now that’s a mouthful isn’t it?)
Thanks for a fantastic post! I hope that one of these babies come up on the end of my line while fishing!