Japanese Gastronomy: Simmered Bonito-Katsuo no Kakuni-Recipe

Bonito or Katsuo/鰹 is a very popular in Japan, especially in Shizuoka Prefecture where it is mainly brough to fishing harbours such as Numazu and Yaizu!
There are many ways to prepare it and kakuni/角煮 must be one of the most popular techniques!

Fresh bonito fillets

INGREDIENTS: For 4 people

-Bonito: half a fish
-Fresh Ginger root: 1 cube (5x5x5 cm)
-Dashi/Japanese soup stock: 1/2 cup (100 cc)
-Japanese sake: 2 tablespoons
-Soy sauce: 3 tablespoons
-Mirin/Sweet Japanese sake: 3 tablespoons
-Sugar: 3 tablespoons


Cut the fish in adequate pieces.
Pour boiling water over cut fish or boil them for a short time.

Transfer the fish into a saucepan.
Add the sake and dashi/soupstock.
Cook over a weak fire for 2 minutes.

Add the sugar and continue to simmer.

Skim off the scum/unwanted matter regularly.

Add the soy sauce.
As there is little water in the pan, beware not to lose it.
Add the thinly sliced raw ginger root.
Once you have obtained a light brown color, add the mirin. It will give gloss to the whole.

Once the liquid has become sirupy serve as above!
Can be kept in a dish and re-heated.
Can be used cold in bento!
Use some nice greens for a beautiful contrast!

More katuso recipes coming!


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Must-see tasting websites:

-Sake: Tokyo Through The Drinking Glass, Tokyo Foodcast, Urban Sake, Sake World
-Wine: Palate To Pen, Warren Bobrow, Cellar Tours, Ancient Fire Wines Blog
-Beer: Good Beer & Country Boys, Another Pint, Please!
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