Japanese food culture, Food event in Tokyo, Japanese unique ingredients and classes
We Japanese celebrate New Year for wishing family's health and good fortune. Most of the house wives cook themselves or buy in a restaurant, department store or even on internet specific and certain square box for family table in the special day.
The special meal is called Osechi-ryori, the foods should contain ingredients regard as good luck and good fortune.
I take authentic Japanese cooking class, Egami cooking school every week. The class provides 3 hours practical cooking using seasonal ingredients along with seasonal event. I've been learning Osechi ryori at the classes in December. The recipe has been inherited for three generations so I could learn traditional cooking method there.
Look at the pretty flowers in the box. The ingredients of the flowers are egg white, egg yolk, salt and sugar. Even though the ingredients are so simple, the taste is amazingly rich and gorgeous. I was really impressed this. The cooking method contains large bag of tricks.
I'll introduce more about osechi ryori in following blogs.
I bought fresh squids in the market. I just saw the news this morning that the market price of squid has been soaring this year.
I saw the bulk of squid in inside of the market. The squids looked shiny fresh and I decide to cook squid rice using those squids. These are not cheap, but I believe it worth to taste such seasonal fresh flavor.
I served my family and all love them so much and I had requests to cook it again. Yes, I believe it worth to taste!
Rinse the squid under running water. Remove the insides, arms and plastic like boles from the squids. Rinse with cold running water. Pat dry with paper towel.
Mix rinsed rice, chopped squid arms, soy sauce and mirin in a small bowl.
Insert the mixture to the cavity of the squid. Skew the hole with tooth pick.
In a shallow and thick pan, add soy sauce mirin, sake and sliced ginger and bring it to a boil.
lay the rice stuffed squids in the pot. Do not layer them. Cover with inner lid with parchment paper and cook it over light heat about 40 min
Cut them and serve in room temperature.
There are many small food shops in outer fish market ; fresh seafood, dried food, chicken, meat, vegetable and anything relate to food shops in total more than 400 shops in a small area.
As a local shopper, I get there fresh seafood and dried food for my cooking class and use for own. I always enjoy to find something new to me, seasonal ingredients, kitchen utensils. Also my precious time is talking with people who work there. They teach me how to prepare the specific ingredients also how to cook what they usually eat. I learn a lot about cooking from them。
However, it is also fun to look around the street food there. Japanese egg roll in Tsukiji fish market is now very popular. There are something else the visitor enjoy the taste of the market.
I picked up some food below.
Those are nice and warm street foods.
Inside of Tsukiji Fish market
Tsukiji Fish market is my favorite place in Tokyo. I visit there almost twice a month for grocery shopping. I often buy dried ingredients, such as bonito flakes and sea kelps there because each special shops have variety of the products and the shop staffs have knowledge so I can ask them anything about the ingredients.
Unfortunately, inside of the fish market will relocate new building in Toyosu in fall 20018. People will miss the atmosphere of traditional building and vigorous workers there, so do I. Now the inside of the market only opens for professional culinary workers in early morning, however, it opens for public after 10 am. I could visit there for special shopping such as fresh salmon, shell fish and seasonal seafood. I'm always exciting to get into the market.
Surprisingly, I have never smell of fishy smell in the market, even it is in mid summer. It may be possible to smell because they take care of tons of live and dead fish. I read an article before that the market tenants use seawater to clean the fish and the places and that doesn't allow any fishy smell. Now I understand!
If you have any chance to visit there please be careful for automobile, called tarlet.
Tsukiji fish market is closed on Wednesdays and Sundays. However, it is irregular in December.
Closing on Wednesday is only December 6th.
Hope you visit inside of the market if you have chance.