Saturday, February 20, 2010

The Bounty of the Ocean

Homemade Buri (Yellowtail) Nigirizushi

No, no! These are not SPAM on rice balls. These are nigirizushi (hand-shaped sushi) with yellowtail slices on top. VERY fresh yellowtail -- they were swimming in the ocean in the morning of the same day!

Yellowtail is probably the most loved fish around here. We jump with joy when we hear that 2,000 or 3,000 yellowtails were caught in the fixed net and brought to the nearby fishing port. Its season is late February to early March. During that time, the fish is nice and fatty, and tastes the best.

At the fishing port

We usually do not eat yellowtail on the very day it was caught, though. It is recommended to wait for a couple of days -- or at least one day -- before you eat it, so that the fish will be softer and tastier. But we couldn't wait, and that is why, in the top photo, our sushi with yellowtail slices are looking like SPAM musubi. Hahaha...
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14 comments:

K and S said...

ha ha, I would never have thought it was spam :)

Marie said...

Can't say I have ever seen yellowtail that looks like that! Such fresh yellowtail sounds swoonworthy. :)

acquaviva said...

finding here a yellowtail as fresh as that one... what a dream!

YSC said...

Wow, that is so exciting! How I wish I could magically visit your town, in time to buy some fresh yellowtail!

Anonymous said...

I'm jealous!

Winnie

Tricia said...

My favourite fish!! Yummy! Wish I could have a taste!

Rinshinomori said...
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Rinshinomori said...

Good information on waiting - did not know that. The ones we get in the US are farmed.

tina said...

Wow, so nice to have freshly caught buri at your doorstep. I love buri!

Anonymous said...

all i can say is YUM!

Mura

obachan said...

K & S;
Really? Even with a nori strip wrapped around the rice and fish? ;)

Marie;
Dad said that this one was still not the best kind. But it was tasty enough.

Acquaviva;
Yes, I think we are very lucky. In this season, home-delivery service in this area is very busy because many people here buy yellowtail for their relatives living outside the prefecture and send it.

YSC;
You've got to come and taste this fish right here in my hometown.
Really.

Winnie;
Hahaha... Yeah, we are lucky to be here.

Tricia;
You've got to come to my hometown someday.

Rinshinomori;
Even with farmed ones, you might want to wait for some time to enjoy the best balance of freshness, softness and the taste.

Tina;
We made buri daikon on the next day and it was pretty good. I love buri, too!

Mura;
Yep! YUM YUM! :D

K and S said...

even with the nori wrapped around the fish :)

Lannae said...

Looks wonderful!

Eve said...

oh my god.

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