September 27, 2013

Miso Soup with Shima Ebi Heads/シマエビの頭の味噌汁

It's nothing to write home about, but I feel inclined to talk a little bit about this: Today, I found shima ebi (Hokkai shrimp) heads sold for 50 yen per pack. I just had to grab two packs. (I sometimes see ama ebi (sweet shrimp) heads sold for the same price at this supermarket, but this is the first time that I have seen shima ebi heads sold there.)
You may not know much about shima ebi. I can tell you they are delicious! 
Their long feelers prove that they are fresh ones, not frozen ones.
Miso soup:
The flesh inside the heads is firmer than that of ama ebi.


Badcat said...

That looks delicious! Our local Japanese market started selling head-on shrimp this summer and my family is addicted!

Cate said...

Hiroyuki-san, how much of the heads do you eat when it is in miso soup? I know the deep-fried heads are delicious eaten all in one go - but do you eat all the head when it is boiled, not fried?

Hiroyuki said...

Badcat: Sashimi-grade head-on shrimp? Anyway, separate the head from each shrimp, and you can make similar miso soup!

Cate: Is it understood that we don't eat the whole head? We just chew what's inside the head. Timid people like me simply chew just a little. Brave people like my wife chew everything in each head.

Nippon Nin said...

昨日松茸をお店で買ってきたので、今日は松茸ごはんです。 オレゴンの山にも野生の松茸は生えているそうで、狩りに行く日本人もいます。 私はまだ経験なし。

Hiroyuki said...

Nippon Nin: