Saturday, February 20, 2010
The Bounty of the Ocean
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.
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...