There are many excellent canneries in Shizuoka prefecture, especially in Yui, Shimizu Ku, Shizuoka City and they do make very tasty and elegant appetizers of main dishes.
I thought it was about time to introduce them in a new series starting with sardines canned by Suzuko Co.! They produce a set three different canned sardines in a simple but elegant design. It would make for a good contribution to these canned food dinners that that urban Japanese are so fond of!
The first can I sampled was the “Sardines X Curry”!
At least plenty of meat and not too much sauce inside for good value!
The sardine flesh was very firm and the bones very tender like in the best French canned sardines. The curry sauce is very mild and really tasty. I ate them all cold, but they certainly would turn out delicious cooked. My impression that this type can be equally enjoyed cold or heated. Make sure you get some bread to scoop the elegant sauce! Serve seasoned with a little chili powder for those who like their food hot!
The seond can I sampled was the “Sardines X Soy Sauce”!
Once again, plenty of flesh for very good value!
I ate it cold, but because the soy sauce is sweeter than expected, it would do well heated on top of hot white rice! Definitely aimed at Japanese palates. I would serve it topped with finely chopped daikon sprouts!
The last one was “Sardines X Tomato”!
One very good sign is that the cans contain only the largest part of the fish! The tail ends are probably used for another type of can!
The tomato sauce is really elegant if somewhat a little sweet. You could easily season it either with chili pepper powder or some black pepper. Cold, they would be tasty as sandwiched inside some crusty French bread, hot, they would marry well with hot potates! Cold or hot, as they are or seasoned, on their own or as an accompaniment they are very good food and very healthy what with the high amount in calcium and vitamin omega! A treat! Suzuko Co. 421-2103 Shizuoka City, Shimizu Ku, Yui, 584-1 Tel.: 054-376-0008
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