Tuesday, June 10, 2014


I received this package from Tokyo. All I was told was  "Traditional Japanese food, kelp and young sardines with Japanese pepper" The package pic is very appealing. ( as most package photo's of content are)

They are sealed in a pouch within the box, some nice fisherman art on the pouch.

There was no strong odor upon opening. This burrito-shaped, wet, black mass slides out of the pouch. My first thought a wad of chewing tobacco. I'm thinking a sardine burrito; they must be inside the mass of kelp...

No hidden succulent baby sardines as I had imagined, just these little wiry-looking pieces of fish? And peppercorn
A very deep, sweet-tasting mixture, almost a brandy licorice combo; no dead ocean taste. Fish is hardly even detectable. A good textured product, smooth. After eating a bit of it, the dry sweetness becomes a tad much. Left my mouth very dry. Cooked up some rice to finish this dish off. 

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This was very different from the sardines we have grown up loving in a tin. I would eat these again, should I ever cross paths with a supplier. 

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