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Japanese Cuisine: Curry-marinated Pike Mackerel/Aji No Kari Marine

Pike Mackerel or Saurel is called Aji/鯵 in Jpanese.
Shizuoka Prefecture, and especially Suruga Bay is very famous for great quality pike Mackerel almost all year round.

Here is a simple way to eat it cold, a welcome notion in these very hot and humid days!

Curry-marinated Pike Mackerel/Aji No Kari Marine!

INGREDIENTS: for 5 persons

-Pike mackerel/Saurel: 2
-Red onion: 1
-Lemon slices: 3~4
-Flour: 2 tablespoons
-Curry mix powder: 1 tablespoon
-Salad oil: 100 cc/ml/1/2 cup
-Rice vinegar: 50 cc/ml/1/4 cup
-Salt: a little

RECIPE:

-Dress the fish (cut out the fillets) and cut into 4cm long pieces. Sprinkle with a little salt.

-Cut the red onion in half. Cut out the hard core. Slice it thin. Let the onion slices rest into clean cold water long enough to take out astringency (bitterness).

-Peel the lemon slices and cut them 6~8 “quarters”.

-Mix the flour with curry mix powder and lightly coat the fish with it. Deep-fry the fish.

-Line a large enough flat vessel (preferably rectangular) with the deep-fried fish. Place the lemon bits evenly on top. Cover evenly with the sliced red onion (drain it thouroughly first). Mix the oil, rice vinegar and salt and then pour the lot over the fish.
Cover with cellophane paper and let it marinate inside the fridge long enough for the taste to penetrate the fish.

SUGGESTION:

Grill sweet red pimentoes. Peel off the skin. Cut it in strips. You could do the same with string beans you boil first and then cut in strips.
Add them to the marinate for added taste and effect.

Don’t forget that the presentation will be the more important that this dish is simple!

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Japanese Seasonal Fish: Sanma/Mackerel Pike

“Sanma” or Mackerel Pike usually comes on our plates with the advent of Autumn, but can be found until mid-winter in Shizuoka Prefecture
Known under other names such “Saira” or “Banjyo”, it is a fish with red meat rich with proteins.
In season, the flesh is fatty and sweet.

Its Japanese name 秋刀魚 means Autumn Sword Fish!

It is mainly caught off the north eastern shores of Japan as the fish swims down from Hokkaido.
But the more south it is caught, the less fat it will contain.
The annual catch exceeds 20,000 tonnes, although breeding is increasingly successful.
If you eat it at a sushi restaurant, you can expect its bones and head served deep-fried.

As sashimi it can be enjoyed straight with wasabi and soy sauce.
But as it is a red-flesh fish it beautifully combines with grated ginger, sliced myoga or chopped thin leeks.

As sushi it does come in many forms and can be pretty spectacular as a single sushi nigiri serving!

Another sushi nigiri sample!

In waetern Japan it is very popular as oshizushi/pressed sushi.

Another popular oshizushi version is “bo-gata/whole fish sushi”!

Bo-gata is often encountered as a sushi bento/lunch box!

As it is a very rich fish, it can be eaten simply grilled with its skin and grated daikon and lemon.

It is easy to manipulate such as the above sanma and bacon roll (later grilled)!

Of course it can be simmered Jpaanese style with soy sauce, mirin, sake and ginger!

As himono/dried fish it is practical for carrying and grilling later!

Tinned/canned it is comparatively cheap and can be accomodated in many ways, such as with kimchi!

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Japanese Seasonal Fish: Shimaaji/Striped Horsemackerel

Shimaaji, or Striped Horsemackerel is one variety of Aji/Horsemackerel-Saurel.
Although the season is said to be in Summer, the taste varies little with the time of the year.
Striped Horsemackerel caught by anglers off the Izu Peninsula are said to be the best in Japan.
It is known under the other names of Ookami, Kose and Katsuoaji.

In English it called Striped Horsemackerel, Saurel or White Trevally.
White trevally, Pseudocaranx dentex, is a jack of the family Carangidae widespread in tropical and warm temperate areas between 40°N and 47°S, in the Atlantic, Mediterranean, Indian and Pacific Oceans. It has a deep body, and a greenish colour with metallic overtones and a dark spot above the gills. The fins are yellow.
In New Zealand, this trevally is known by the Māori as araara, and is generally confined to waters north of Cook Strait, although it sometimes reaches as far south as Otago in the summer.

It is a great fish to serve as sashimi, either in simple slices as above,

Or the whole fish as Tataki/tartare!

In Shizuoka, where the fish is usually served still alive, the bone and heads will served later deep-fired. Superb snack!

The fish is easy to manipulate to make beautig\ful maki with daikon as above!

The sushi nigiri will have photograpers on constant alert!

See what I mean?

Of course aji can be enjoyed grilled with a simple seasoning of soy sauce or ponzu!

Like most white-fleshed fish it can deep-fired in batter and breadcrumbs at home!

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Sashimi Set at Tomii (’09-04)

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For all my regular visits at Tomii, my favourite Japanese Cuisine Restaurant in Shizuoka City, It had been some time since I last introduced one of their seasonal sashimi plates!

I need little to say anything about the quality and presentation as they are perect as usual, so I’ll just describe the assortment:

Front row, left to right:
Sakuradai Seabream with a sllice of yellow carrot, Grated wasabi, Yari Ika/Calamari variety/Squid, Torigai/Surf Clam with fresh seaweed in front.

Second row:
Behind the shiso/perilla leaf, Aji/Horsemackerel-saurl from Kogawa, Shizuoka, Amaebi/Sweet Prawn, Ishidai Seabream with Shiao/Perilla flowers.

Third row:
Aka daikon/ red Daikon and various herbs, Honmaguro/Blue fin tuna.
Hoped you enjoyed the explanation as much as I enjoyed the taste! LOL

TOMII
Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Tokiwa-cho, 1-2-7, Tomii Bldg, 1F
Tel.: 054-274-0666
Business hours: 17:00~22:00
Closed on Sundays
HOMEPAGE (Japanese)

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Japanese Seasonal Fish: Striped Horse mackerel/Shimaaji

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Shimaaji, or Striped Horsemackerel is one variety of Aji/Horsemackerel-Saurel.
Although the season is said to be in Summer, the taste varies little with the time of the year.
Striped Horsemackerel caught by anglers off the Izu Peninsula, Shizuoka Prefecture, are said to be the best in Japan.
It is known under the other names of Ookami, Kose and Katsuoaji.
It is very popular as sashimi:

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or as tataki (tartare), my favourite, with a dash of fresh grated ginger:
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Of course, as a sushi, it has many lovers:

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The best sushi restaurants will prepare the sashimi or sushi from live specimen swimming in their tanks and later serve the bones and head deep-fried. They will serve the whole fish deep-fried for the guests who are so keen on eating raw fish!

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Recently, breeding the fish from their eggs off Chichijima Island has been successful, meaning more on our plates in the future!

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